When it comes to summer, there’s so much to look forward to: trips to the lake, lazy days by the pool, 4th of July celebrations, and even the occasional thunderstorm that rolls through.
Unfortunately, your pet probably doesn’t share your excitement about fireworks and storms. All the loud noise, flashing lights, strange smells, and changes in atmospheric pressure can send even the calmest pet into a frenzy of fear.
The team at Brodie Animal Hospital wants to help you calm your pet’s fears so you can both get the most out of our gorgeous Texas summers. To get started, check out these tips and tricks for managing noise anxiety in pets.
Reducing Noise Anxiety in Pets
Prolonged anxiety can have disastrous effects on an animal’s mental and physical health. Try the following ideas to help your pet feel more secure:
- Stay with your pet and offer verbal reassurance and cuddles as needed. If you can’t be home during a thunderstorm or fireworks display, ask a neighbor or friend to watch your pet.
- Set up a “safe room” for your pet. An interior room where doors and windows can be closed is ideal. Play the radio, turn on the TV, or use a fan to help muffle outside sounds. Make sure your pet has bedding, toys, and access to food and fresh water.
- Distract an anxious pet with a favorite game, a new toy, or by practicing obedience commands.
- Crate trained pets may feel more secure inside their crate or carrier. For others, confinement may exacerbate their anxiety – these pets should be allowed to roam freely throughout the home.
- A pressure wrap garment, such as the Thundershirt, has been shown to reduce anxiety in some pets.
- Extremely anxious pets may benefit from anti-anxiety medication. Consult your veterinarian for more details.
It’s common for fearful pets to try and escape during a noisy event. Ensure all doors and windows are closed, and never leave pets outside during a storm or fireworks display. Pets should be wearing well-fitted collars with up-to-date ID tags at all times. If you haven’t had your pet microchipped, we strongly recommend you to do so. A pet with a registered microchip has a much better chance of being reunited with their family should they go missing.
It’s not reasonable to expect the total elimination of your pet’s fear of loud noises, but there’s plenty you can do to make them more comfortable. If you’re concerned that your pet’s noise anxiety is negatively impacting their quality of life, please give us a call. We’re happy to help you develop a plan for your pet.