Firework Phobia in Dogs
by: Megan Thurman
Noise phobia is most common in dogs and may be triggered by thunderstorms, fireworks, vacuums, construction noises, and gunshots. This anxiety can become quite severe, so we need to make sure that we are doing everything that we can do to help keep our pets safe.
Signs that your dog might be suffering from a noise phobia:
- Dilated Pupils
- Trying to get outside to escape
Does your pet suffer from noise phobia? If you answered yes, then you will want to make sure that you are NOT giving excessive attention or punishment in response to their fearful behavior. Constant petting and holding is actually giving your pet the idea that their fearful response is ok. Instead try to get your pet involved in another activity to get his/her mind off of the fear. This can be done by playing or grooming your pet. Similarly, punishing your pet will only cause your pets anxiety to worsen. If possible, try to reduce or block the noise level by running a fan, increasing the volume on the TV or radio, etc. Your pet can also feed off of your own fears, so try your best to keep calm and provide a positive environment for your pet. There are also medications that can be administered to your pet to help ease their anxieties. This is usually a last resort, but it is an option for those dogs who suffer from severe noise phobia. Please contact one of our offices with any questions or concerns.