Molesey Vets: Does your dog have a noise phobia?

October 13, 2023

Have you ever wondered if your dog has a noise phobia? Do you think their fear of fireworks might be more irrational than a normal fear response? Our team of dog vets want owners to know the difference between a perfectly normal fear response triggered by loud noises, and a genuine noise phobia.

This can vary between dogs so read the advice from our Vet Darren and don’t hesitate to discuss your thoughts with Molesey Vets’ team.

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How do I know if my dog has a noise phobia?

Veterinary Surgeon Darren wants Surrey dog owners to know that it is perfectly natural for your dog to be scared of fireworks due to the sudden loud noises they create. However, this can be unsettling and if their fear response becomes excessive, they may actually have a noise phobia. Here are some obvious phobia signs to watch out for in your own dog:

  • Attempting to hide or seek out a safe space during the event
  • Attempting to escape – this could lead to injury
  • Changes in habits – such as a change in appetite or going to the toilet in the house
  • Physical signs of stress, such as pacing, trembling or drooling
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Extreme fear and panic during firework displays, even if they are barely audible and distant
  • Persistent fear and anxiety long after the event has ended

How Molesey Vets can help your dog’s noise phobia

If the above criteria sounds too familiar, contact Molesey Vets. Whilst firework displays are usually limited to the colder months of the year, if household noises or television noises start to create the same response as fireworks, it can greatly impact their quality of life. Early intervention and appropriate management strategies can help to keep your dog feeling happy and safe.

Book an appointment at our West Molesey surgery for your dog.

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