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Boom! Boom! Noise Sensitivity and Phobias

Dogs, Pets

Helping Your Dog with Thunderstorm Phobias and the odd fireworks display.

Does your dog get scared of loud noises, do they pace, bark, whine, try to escape or get inside during a thunderstorm or fireworks?

 

With spring upon us – thunderstorms are here for a little longer. 

Unfortunately, these types of sensitivities usually only get worse with the number of exposures, and some older dogs may develop a noise phobia when they may have not been bothered at all by noise when they were younger. As with many anxieties, repeated exposure to the trigger often makes the anxiety much worse for the next time they are exposed, as they remember just how terrible the experience was the last time, and with each exposure the anxiety can compound.  

We all need a little help from someone…

If your pet is showing signs of noise sensitivities there a few things you can do to help them through it. During a storm event we should aim to keep the pet as calm as possible and to change the underlying emotional experience from a negative to a more positive one.

Here are some basic steps to help your pet during a storm:

1. Create an environment that blocks out the lights and sounds of the storm.

• That place may be inside with lights on and curtains closed
• Some individuals will feel more comfortable in a smaller room or small space.
• Play music to drown out the sound of the storm (classical, soft rock or reggae have been recommended), or you can use a white noise machine.

2. Distraction

Distract your pet with something enjoyable to focus on, such as a stuffed Kong, a chew treat or other food puzzle. Some dogs may be better distracted by a game or just enjoy a calming pat (calming pats should use slow long strokes).

3. What is a Thunder Jacket?

Some pets may benefit from gentle pressure such as a small t-shirt or dog-jumper or commercially available ‘Thunder Jacket’.

4. Using sprays to calm your dog.

Some pets may respond to calming pheromone sprays (Adaptil for dogs or Feliway for cats) or may benefit from a nutraceutical such as Zylkene, which is an over-the-counter calming supplement.

5. Medications.

For many pets who have a true noise phobia, none of these things will be much help without the assistance of an anxiolytic medication. If an individual is experiencing severe anxiety they will be in a state of panic and no matter your best effort, the experience will be a negative one for them.

Once your pet has an appropriate medication and dose rate onboard, then the above steps will likely be able to start to change noise events to a much calmer and possibly even enjoyable time for your pet. 

Behaviour Bites with Dr Ash

Behaviour Bites

with Dr Ash Hargreaves

Hi my name is Ash and I am a vet practicing in Warrnambool in the western district of Victoria.
I am passionate about animal behaviour and the mental health of our pets.
After graduating as a vet in 2015 I completed further studies in veterinary behaviour and now provide behaviour consultations along with general practice.
You can follow me on Instagram and Fur Life Vet on Facebook via the links below and stay tuned to the website for some super articles on pet behaviour.

How to enter

Simply share a photo on your Facebook page of your dog rugged up for winter or enjoying the winter sunshine and use the hashtag relevant to your state.

What you can win

There will be three prizes in total – one for QLD entrants and two prizes for entrants from VIC, NSW and TAS combined prize. Each prize includes a winter pet pack to the value of $100.

Click on your state to reveal the hashtag you need to use to enter!

QLD Residents

Share a photo of your dog enjoying the winter sunshine or snoozing in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetQLD

VIC Residents

Share a photo of your dog rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetVIC

NSW Residents

Share a photo of your dog rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetNSW

TAS Residents

Share a photo of your dog rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetTAS

Terms & Conditions

Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these conditions. Entries must comply with these conditions to be valid.

Entry is open to Australian residents that meet the competition requirements outlined below during the Competition period 1 June 2022 – 31 August 2022. Employees and their immediate families of the Promoter and its agencies associated with this competition are ineligible to enter.

To enter, each entrant must, during the Entry Period, upload a photo of their pet rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes to social media (on their personal profile) and use the hashtag corresponding to the state they are in (e.g. #furlifevetVIC, #furlifevetNSW, #furlifevetQLD, #furlifevetTAS).

Winner of the competition will be determined by:

  1. Appropriate photo uploaded (photo of their pet rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes to social media (on their personal profile)
  2. Relevant hashtag used (state residing in: #furlifevetVIC, #furlifevetNSW, #furlifevetQLD, #furlifevetTAS)
  3. Number of likes (photo with highest number of likes at end of competition period with all other criteria completed will win)

The competition will close for entries Wednesday, 31 August 2022 at 12:00pm [AEST]. Failure to meet any of the competition requirements will deem entry invalid and will not be eligible to win.

There will be three prizes in total – one for QLD entrants and two prizes for entrants from VIC, NSW and TAS combined.

 

Competition requirements:

Entrants must be a current client of a participating Apiam/Fur Life Vet clinic.

Entries must be received by the Promoter during the Entry Period. Entries received after 12:00pm [AEST] 31 August 2022 not be accepted.

The competition commences at 00:01 [AEST] on 01/06/2022 and closes at 12:00 [AEDT] 31/08/2022.

Queensland prize includes a pet pack to the value of $100.00.

Victorian, New South Wales, and Tasmanian prize includes two separate pet packs to the value of $100.00.

All taxes (excluding GST) which may be payable as a consequence of receiving a prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

The Prize is not transferable and is not redeemable for cash.

The Promoter assumes no responsibility for any failure to receive an entry or for inaccurate information or for any loss, damage or injury as a result of technical or telecommunications problems, including security breaches. If such problems arise, then the Promoter may modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the competition.

If the prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond the Promoter’s control, the Promoter may substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

The winner will be notified by email on or by 10/09/2022.

Entrants consent to the Promoter using their name, images submitted, pets name, comment, and/or voice in the event that they are a winner in any media for an unlimited period of time without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this competition (including any outcome), as well as any other communications outside of this competition, and/or promoting any products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promoter. If you are not willing for these uses or disclosures to occur you cannot participate in the competition.

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By entering this competition, entrants consent for the Promoter to use entrant’s name, email address, phone number which entrants submitted to enter for the purposes of administering and operating the competition. Entry is conditional on the Promoter acquiring the aforementioned information. All personal information collected by the Promoter will be handled by the Promoter in accordance with the Promoter’s privacy policy (PRIVACY) Entrants have the right to access their personal information, request correction of any errors and/or obtain a copy of the Promoter’s privacy policy by contacting getvetchecked@furlifevet.com.au.

The Promoter is Apiam Animal Health Pty Limited (ACN: 604 961 024) at 27-33 Piper Lane East Bendigo, 3550, Victoria, Australia.

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