Noise and Thunderstorm Anxiety
Written by Eric E. Brooks, DVM
With the 4th of July right around the corner, families are gathering for cookouts and pool parties. Many families will sit back and enjoy a beautiful fireworks display at night. But for many of our four-legged family members, this serves as one of the most terrifying days of the year.
Fear of thunderstorms and loud noises (especially fireworks) are some of the most common anxiety disorders diagnosed and treated in veterinary hospitals. The underlying cause remain unclear, some believe there is a genetic cause, while others believe it is caused by a traumatic event as a young animal.
Each pet has their own unique way of exhibiting fear and anxiety. Some of the common signs include: shaking and trembling; whining or barking; hiding under furniture, in the bathtub, or in closets; constantly pacing or simply laying in one spot panting incessantly. Many pet owners consider this to be normal pet behavior, when it fact this type of anxiety is comparable to a person who has an extreme fear of spiders or tall heights. Exposure to these loud noises is equally terrifying.
If your pet exhibits any of these, or similar symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian to discuss treatment options. There are numerous treatment options including: nutritional supplements, behavioral modification programs and medications for the severe cases. Your veterinarian will work with you to custom tailor a treatment plan for your pet based on their symptoms and other medical conditions.
Stow Kent Animal Hospital
4559 Kent Rd.
Kent, OH 44240
Portage Animal Clinic
4148 State Route 43
Kent, OH 44240