What Can You Do About Pet Noise Anxiety This Summer?
It seems impossible to avoid all situations that result in fear, stress or confusion, but we do our best for our pets, right? Some pet owners know from experience that the sound of the blender or vacuum cleaner upsets their dog, or that they cannot walk anywhere near a construction site. Other owners are just beginning to get to know their pets, an experience that can take many months together.
Whatever the case may be, pet noise anxiety is a real threat to an animal’s well-being – especially during the summer months.
A Note About Our Weather
Vermonters are no strangers to extreme weather. In fact, it’s kind of why we like it here! But summer thunderstorms can bring on a lot of pain and suffering for our four-legged friends.
As soon as the barometric pressure starts to shift, highly sensitive animals start to prepare in the ways they only know how, and unfortunately, it’s either fight or flight.
Not to Mention
Additionally, summer is prime time for fireworks displays. Sure, many people bring their dogs with them to parades, block parties, and other crowded events, but truly the safest place for pets during big shows is at home. If possible, hang out with your pet inside the house instead of leaving them behind by themselves.
Because they don’t know what some loud noises mean, some pets feel compelled to run. Thunder, lightning, sideways rain, and more can be incredibly disorienting to animals, many of whom run out into traffic. This brings up a few key points concerning the effects of pet noise anxiety:
- Be sure that your pet is microchipped, and all the contact information in the national database is current. Chips aren’t substitutes for collars and tags, but they are instrumental in reuniting pets with their people.
- Check that doors and windows are properly latched. Screens with holes or tears can easily be pushed out.
- If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, bring them inside as soon as you realize that a storm is coming.
- If you cannot find your pet at first, don’t panic. They likely found the best possible hiding place to wait until the threat has passed. However, because it’s possible for pets to get stuck in their hiding spots, look for them as soon as storms or fireworks cease.
A Quiet Place
Crate training is an excellent approach to pet noise anxiety because it provides a safe, reassuring, comfortable place. If placed in a quiet, soothing, insulated room with few windows, you can play soft music and lower the lights for them. Offer a toy or treat. Stay with your pet until they show you they feel better.
Do your best to remain calm and neutral. If you overreact to their symptoms you may inadvertently reinforce their anxiety.
You might hear whining or see your dog with their tails tucked between their back legs. The following are also common signs of pet noise anxiety:
- Hypersalivation or drooling
- Increased vocalization
- Soiling inside the house
- Chewing or destructiveness