Pet anxiety can be caused noise, especially fireworks and thunder.When it comes to pet behavior, many owners know the exact triggers that affect their pets. It could be a siren, crying baby, or UPS truck; however, one thing is certain: a pet’s fear and stress levels can be so deeply experienced that it shakes them to their very core. It’s also not uncommon for pet anxiety to appear unexpectedly, especially if a pet is newly adopted or if a certain stimulus is very rare.

Summertime provides ample opportunities to gather and celebrate, but without a proactive approach to your pet’s emotional well-being, there could be problems facing them.

Rumble and Roar

Thunderstorm phobia is one of the leading causes of seasonal pet anxiety. Responsible for creating severe, panicked reactions in pets (like bolting away from the house or yard, relentless digging, hiding, vocalizing, and more), thunder and lightning are truly upsetting to some animals.

Sound Logic

Experts believe that dips in barometric pressure can trigger storm phobia and the accompanying anxiety. Dark skies, strong winds, and rumbling thunder all play their parts, too.

Some animals have a highly developed aversion to noise. Other pets with thicker or double-coated coats experience reactions to all the extra static electricity build up.

Fireworks

Whether they’re the backyard variety or the full-fledged pyrotechnic display, fireworks phobia are often to blame for pet anxiety during the summer months.

Even if your pet has previously shown no stress around fireworks, it’s best to keep them away from the bustling, loud, disorienting crowds associated with holiday fireworks. Instead, provide a safe space for them to wait out the festivities. This could be their crate, a quiet bedroom at home, or anywhere you’re able to sit with them and provide reassurance.

Reasons for Concern

Summer is prime time for escaped pets, but it’s not always because they seek adventure. As we mentioned earlier, pet anxiety can cause animals to react uncharacteristically, such as jumping (or digging beneath) the fence, running through screen doors, or worse.

Microchipping is always a good idea, but it’s worth extra consideration during the summer escape season. Similarly, update your pet’s ID tags, and make sure their collar is in good shape.

Easing Pet Anxiety

There are ways you can prepare your pet for summer events so fireworks and/or thunderstorms won’t be as frightening. You might have success with any of the following:

  • To desensitize your pet, play recordings of storms or fireworks at home while they go about their usual business (or while they’re getting praise or rewards from you). Start at a soft level and slowly increase the volume. While this may not be effective for the severely phobic pet it may help with those that are only mildly effected.
  • Encourage crate training at home so your pet feels safe and secure in their own little spot. During loud events, close the windows and doors. Play soft music, offer treats or toys, and generally be available for your pet in case their anxiety is paired with separation worries.
  • Thundershirts and other pet anxiety wraps can sometimes bring comfort to a suffering pet.
  • There are commercially available pheromones products to help ease pet anxiety. If necessary, we have several very effective medications we can prescribe.

Dealing with pet anxiety is never easy, but it doesn’t have to ruin your summer. Please let us know if your pet needs support.

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