As the summer months and holidays approach, it can be a time of more opportunities for your pets to have fun. It is also a time when we start to hear many more loud noises. Some things we may hear are the booms of thunder during a thunderstorm, fireworks going off around the holidays or gunshots. The loud noises produced by these things may cause some dogs to become fearful. This fear is known as noise-phobia. A pet may show trembling, salivation, defecation, urination, destruction, escape, panting and vocalization during these times may be exhibiting noise-phobia. Some dogs may be fine one year and have issues the next year. Associated stimuli may also come to trigger the symptoms of the phobia or anxiety, such as a change in barometric pressure being associated to a thunderstorm, thus causing an anticipatory anxiety.
Here at North Memorial Animal Hospital, we want to help you work with your pet when they experience noise-phobia. If you think your pet is fearful of loud noises please contact us. We will work with you to figure out how to best help your pet during these fearful situations. Our technician Dawn has a special interest in all things behavioral and would love to sit down and chat with you about your pet’s special needs.
Some products we have in our office that may be beneficial in these situations is our products Adaptil (available in spray, diffuser, and collar form), thundershirts in multiple sizes, and Composure treats. Please contact us for more information on these products and to learn more about noise- phobias.
During the month of June we are offering 10% off of all Thundershirts!! Come in today to have your pet fitted properly.