Fireworks & Furry Friends
Dealing with loud noises and pets
Most pet owners are all too aware of the stress that loud noises like fireworks and thunderstorms can cause in our furry friends.
These fears are called noise phobias and it's all to real for many pets. It's important to recognize the signs of noise phobia and how to help reduce the fear in your pet.
Common signs of noise phobia
- Shaking, trembling
- Excessive drooling
- Barking, howling
- Trying to hide or get into / out of the house, fence, or other enclosure
- Refusing to eat food
- Some animals may lose bladder or bowel control or experience temporary diarrhea from prolonged stress
Keep in mind these are general signs and could be the result of other conditions or diseases.
The following information may help your pet deal with loud noises.
Keep pets indoors. If the noise is from a visible source like fireworks, close the curtains and use soft music.
Provide a "safe place" to escape. It may be under a bed, blanket, or even in their crate...just leave the door open so they don't feel trapped and injure themselves trying to escape.
If you must be outside, make sure your pet is on a leash to prevent escape.
Prepare ahead. If you know fireworks or a thunderstorm is coming, walk your pet to help them use the restroom now to avoid accidents later.
Make sure they are microchipped or have an ID. If you are outside and loud conditions are possible, these precautions will help if your pet runs away.
Most importantly don't scold them. Just like children, your pet needs to feel safe not afraid of you.
If you feel your pet has severe noise phobia, call or come in to talk about medications that can help.