Do you find that during a thunderstorm or your neighbor’s amateur fireworks display your dog paces, pants, hides in the bathroom or is nowhere to be found? They may be experiencing noise phobia.
Many pets have anxiety when they hear loud noises such as fireworks thunderstorms or even loud mufflers. Often times over-the-counter remedies can be used to try to help calm these anxieties in your beloved companion. Over the counter benadryl can have a slightly sedating affect. (Please talk to your veterinarian for proper dosing) There is also a product called the Thunder Shirt which wraps around a pet and makes them feel like they are being held close and it can provide a level of comfort.
Some anxieties are so severe that a prescription medicine is needed. Your veterinarian can help you assess the level of anxiety your pet has and discuss all options. Not only is this important for you but it is also important for the animal. Anxiety is a form of stress and represents true suffering. In addition to destructive behaviors it can aggravate other underlying diseases such as heart disease or respiratory disease. If you would like to know more information please call or visit your veterinarian to discuss your pet and their options.