Not all pets enjoy the noises of summer storms and summer celebrations. With the upcoming 4th of July holiday, we wanted to review some things to consider.
Keep the windows closed to mute the sound and have the blinds/curtains down as well. A safe place can be made for your pet in an interior room with no windows such as a walk-in closet. You can use a crate or dog bed with some favorite toys there. Take time daily to bring your pet there and reward with treats. In addition, you can have white noise playing nearby. Other tools to try are the Thundershirt® which helps the pet feel swaddled and protected. We also have a supplement called Zylkene® that is given with food once daily to help with anxiety. Pheromones (Adaptil®) are another option and come as a spray or a collar that relieves anxiety for up to one month. If your pet struggles with this every year, consider desensitization training to noises, but be aware it usually takes close to two months to complete this.
Some dogs have such high anxiety around loud noises that they require prescription medication. For these dogs we recommend a benzodiazepine such as Xanax® or valium, an anti-anxiety sleep aid like Trazodone, or a newer sedative called Sileo®.
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Remember that all of these treatments work best if you are prepared ahead of time. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions.