Check out www.petcomfortzone.com for dogs. You plug it in an outlet and it releases phermonones! I've never tried it but just was looking at it last night because it was on sale at the Petsmart and I thought I would plan ahead this year for upcoming storms and July 4th!
My girl's safe place is our master walk in closet behind the clothes. Scared me to death one day....came home from work and no aj....called, called and called....got a little frantic thought I had lost my mind only to go to the back of the house and throughly search.....Never so happy to see clothes moving around on the hangers!!! LOL ^,,^
My two have strong reactions mostly due to a very bad hurricane we had in our area a number of years ago...lots of tornados...yuck....They have not been keen on bad weather since. :( We just let them do what they have to do to find their comfort zone. Mostly they pace, bark, and pant their way through it.
Only one of my 3 is terrified of thunder. The others get sort of vigilant but not afraid. I've tried some meds that didn't work well at all so we end up just holding on to the trembling boy Oh well...
isn't it interesting that the cats seem to ignore it? We've had a lifetime of 2 or more cats at a time and I've never seen one afraid of thunder in the way that a dog will be. maybe the cats just go hide somewhere and sleep.