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Dogs and noise phobias

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Pets and noise phobias

Pets and noise phobiasMany pets can be terrified of the noise and flashes associated with thunderstorms and fireworks. They will often do anything to escape the noise and flashes and this can often result in the dog escaping from their backyard and frantically roam the streets, be hit by a car, become lost or end up in an animal shelter.

Pet owners can provide a secure environment for their pets during this time of the year when thunderstorms and fireworks are common.

  • Now's the time to check your gates and fencing
  • Consider installing self closing and self latching mechanisms on all gates
  • Consider installing chicken wire under the soil at the base of exposed fences to prevent digging
  • Move objects away from the fence or gates that may be used as a step or platform to scale over the fence
  • Consider installing a barrier at the top of the fence and/or gates that angles back into your property to stop cats or dogs climbing or jumping the fence
  • Crate train your pets so they can feel secure in a ‘safe’ place during the storm or fireworks

Tips to help frightened pets cope during thunderstorms and fireworks:

  • Be prepared. Bring pets inside or confine them in a small secure area well before the thunderstorm or fireworks begin
  • Leave the lights on in the room to disguise the flashes
  • Leave the television or radio on to disguise the noises
  • Don't fuss over your pet during the thunderstorm or fireworks as this may acknowledge the fearful behaviour or that something strange is happening.
  • Try to act normal around your pets and continue with your regular activities during the thunderstorm or fireworks

MAKE SURE YOUR DETAILS ARE UP TO DATE ON YOUR PETS MICROCHIP AND HE/SHE IS WEARING A COLLAR AND IDENTIFICATION TAG just in case they escape and become lost or injured.

Consult your Veterinarian in advance for further advice if your pet suffers severe anxiety during thunderstorms or fireworks. A combination of behaviour therapy and medication has been shown to improve the management of pets with noise phobias.