THE SIGNS OF AUDIBLE FEAR:
Pets who are afraid of thunderstorms, fireworks and other audible fears may pant, drool, pace, whine, try to escape, cower and shake, have house training accidents or even destroy furniture. It is very important to help the pet as soon as you see these fears start to stop them from getting worse.
ASSISTING YOUR PET DURING THE FEAR:
- Stay with them during storms or fireworks and allow them to be in a space they are most comfortable in.
- Some pet prefer their crate, while others prefer your lap or–believe it or not–the bathtub – the more quiet the area, the better.
- Turn on the fan, TV or radio to help block the noise.
- Speak calmly and cheerfully to them.
- Distract them with something fun like their favorite toy or treats.
- Give a calming massage or petting session.
One of the most effective and long lasting things you can do for your pet is to follow a desensitization training program, a type of behavioral therapy use on all animals, designed to help them progressively relax in the presence something that causes fear, phobias or aggression. There are many training programs available with professional trainers, You-Tube videos and even phone apps.
Another helpful supplement is Melatonin (marketed for people) which can be found at local vitamin stores or drug stores, as always you should consult your veterinarian before giving your pets any non-prescribed medications.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you pet is so nervous during thunderstorms or fireworks that they are in danger of hurting themselves or seems very panicked please contact your veterinarian.