The Big Bang: Noise Anxiety in Pets
If you’ve observed your pet around the Fourth of July or during a thunderstorm, chances are, they were scared. They may have clung to you the entire time or made attempts to get out of the home. This level of fear can lead to a condition called noise anxiety.
Noise anxiety in pets is common and can cause safety concerns as well as decreased quality of life, especially if it progresses into a phobia. Your friends at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital are here to help decrease the chances of your pet developing noise anxiety with an overview and recommendations.
Noise Anxiety in Pets and How it Develops
Noise anxiety in pets is defined as an intense fear of noise. These noises can be anything from loud parties to fireworks, a big thunderstorm to police sirens, and so on. Some pets respond to only one of these triggers, while others are fearful of any loud noise.
If a pet has noise anxiety, they generally have specific symptoms, which include:
- Loss of appetite
- Chronic barking or howling
- Attempts to escape
There is no one answer for why some pets develop noise phobia, but there are a few factors that predispose a pet. These can include genetics/breed, trauma, lack of socialization or undersocialzation, being rewarded for anxiety/fear, a medical condition, and learned behavior.
Treatment for Noise Anxiety in Dogs and Cats
The first consideration is to ensure your pet is healthy. Make an appointment with us to rule out any medical conditions that might be behind the symptoms you’ve observed.
Once your pet is diagnosed with anxiety, we can provide a number of options for your furry one. Some medications can be helpful in more serious cases, while supplements, calming treats, and pheromone sprays that decrease anxiety also are useful.
At home, it is important to keep your pet safe during the noise.
- Find a quiet place in the home that is secure, where your pet cannot escape, and allow them to hang out there during the noisy event.
- Avoid going outdoors with your pet during the ruckus.
- Stay with them and distract them with toys and treats, as well as snuggles.
- Mask the source of the fear with white noise like a fan, tv, or radio played at low volume, or other forms of low level sound, such as a CD designed for pet noise anxiety.
- Consider using a Thundershirt, which is a form-fitting vest that decreases anxiety when worn.
- Use calming treats and sprays, such as Bach Flower Remedies line of pet stress formulas.
- Secure all gates, doors, and windows to prevent an escape.
- Make sure your pet has a microchip and identification tags that are current.
When Pets Are Afraid of Fireworks and Other Loud Noises
Most pets are startled by noise. Their sense of hearing is much more acute than our own and any outside noise can cause fear, especially those noises that are erratic, like thunder. If your pet is suffering from the impact of noise, please contact us. We can help diminish the stress and fear by offering good solutions.
Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital:
Where big city medicine and surgery meet small town customer service and value.
Seasonal allergies affect many of us and while we enjoy the blooms and beauty of springtime, these plants greatly contribute to allergy attacks in people and dogs. While dogs can also have an array of allergies, their symptoms manifest differently than they do in humans. If you suspect your dog has pollen allergies, the team […]Learn More...
We’d like to think that there are no bad dogs or chaotic cats out there, only those that have been undersocialized or lack training. It’s true that there are many behaviors our pets engage in that we’d rather them not, yet pet behavior problems are a common complaint. As a result, many pets end up […]Learn More...
Our pets have a cacophony of sounds that are puzzling to their owners. From grunts to groans, some of these noises are just a part of your pet’s personality. There are others, however, that can be startling and might even make you think something is wrong with your beloved animal. Reverse sneezing in pets is […]Learn More...