Many pet parents look forward to crossing Independence Day off of the calendar. Not because they’re not patriotic or dislike celebrating, but because thunderous booms of fireworks send their pets into a frenzy of panic.
If you can’t get your pet to come out from under the bed on the Fourth, you’re not alone. And, of course, there are those sudden and violent summer thunderstorms that make our pets shake, shiver, and hide.
Keep reading to help your pet cope and make it through summer more comfortable, confident, and cozy.
Recognizing Noise Reactivity and Noise Phobia in Your Pet
Reacting fearfully to thunderstorms and fireworks is normal for pets. It’s an instinct that would drive them to seek cover and survive in the wild. Despite domestic bliss in a happy and safe home, some dogs and cats experience what may seem like an overreaction to thunder and loud bangs. If these sounds change your pet’s ability to function, it’s likely noise phobia or noise anxiety.
What signs the signs of anxiety in pets?
- Trembling and shaking
- Excessive drooling
- Vocalizations, like whimpering or howling
- Trying to escape
What Can You Do If Your Pet Is Afraid of Loud Noises?
First, you should not ignore the problem and hope it goes away on its own.
Second, it’s important to recognize that even though storms are temporary, your pet’s anxiety can have a significant and long-lasting effect on their mental and physical health.
Third, know that you’re not in it alone. We’re here to help you and your pet find comfort.
Some simple and effective ways you can help your dog or cat cope during thunderstorms and noisy events include:
- Play relaxing soundtracks designed to help dogs cope with noise fear. Here is one that many dog and cat owners use.
- Create a safe place that your pet can retreat to when booms and blast begin. Introduce your pet to their retreat before the chaos of fireworks or a storm. Provide pillows, comfort items, close the blinds, soft lighting, and calming music to help them regain their composure and feel comfortable.
- Try a pheromone diffuser: Adaptil for dogs or Feliway for cats.
- Buy a compression vest like the Thundershirt
- Get a prescription for anxiety
A cacophony outside isn’t the only cause of unease: 88% of dogs that experience noise fear also experience separation anxiety. If your dog is one of them, ask us about the Calmer Canine Assisi Loop.
Don’t Let the Booms and Blasts Paralyze Your Pet.
If these options don’t offer your pet any comfort, it’s a good time to give us a call. It’s not easy to counter the fight-or-flight response in an animal, and you don’t have to do it alone. We’re experienced with helping pets and their owners find solutions that work and are committed to finding the right approach for your furry friend.
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