Thunder and Fireworks Season–How to Help Your Dog with Noise Aversion

By June 20, 2017Dog Health

It’s that time, once again, for those owners with dogs that have anxiety over thunderstorms and fireworks to batten down the hatches. Anxiety in dogs due to loud noises, such as storms, fireworks, celebrations, construction, or even street noise, is called noise aversion, noise anxiety, or noise phobia. Approximately 40% of dogs are affected in some way by noise aversion.

Signs of Noise Aversion

Dogs with noise aversion may exhibit any or all of these signs

  • Trembling or shaking
  • Clingy
  • Panting
  • Hiding
  • Pacing or restless
  • Barking, whining or whimpering
  • Cowering
  • Hypervigilant
  • Trying to escape
  • Lip-licking or yawning
  • Chewing or destroying furniture, walls, doors, etc

Things You Can Try At Home

If your dog only has minor issues with noise aversion, sometimes they can be managed well at home with things like, turning the TV or music on just loud enough to  cover the trigger noise.  If you have a basement, or interior room that is quieter, and couple that with TV or music, that may be enough to  keep your dog more relaxed.  You can also try playing games with them, or giving them new toys to help distract them.  Thundershirts are also something that can be helpful, but they are something that should be tested ahead of a trigger event (like fireworks) if possible.

Veterinary Recommendations

We offer many options for owners whose dogs have issues with noise aversion.  Discussing the options for your dog, with one of our veterinarians, based on the signs they exhibit would be the best course of action.  Here are some of the tools we have available to help your pet deal with noise aversiono:

  • Composure – a calming supplement that supports relaxation
  • Adaptil spray, collars, and diffusers – calming pheoromones  that helps decrease stress
  • Sileo-oral gel that calms without sedation
  • Anti-anxiety medications

Don’t let your dog suffer from noise aversion during those difficult times of the year.  Ask us how we can help you and your dog enjoy summer again.

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