What the dog heard

2012-10-25 00:00

A DALMATIAN-CROSS dog, frightened by fireworks, leapt a fence nearly two metres high and ran several kilometres from home before it was hit by a car. Vet’s staff battled for over an hour to try to save it, but sadly, the trauma was too much, resulting in death. In another incident, a hunting dog had to be put down after it was found with a badly dislocated lumbar vertebra by the side of the road. Paralysed in both hind legs, the decision was made to euthanase. The dog had also cleared a high fence in an attempt to escape from a thunderstorm.

Response levels to such disorders are proportional to thunderstorm intensity. The condition is enhanced by repeated exposure to the sound stimuli. Atmospheric pressure, fluctuations in temperature, thunder, strong wind, heavy rain falling on corrugated iron or plastic roofs, can all have an influence. Sometimes the behaviour is worse in the owner’s absence.

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