When dogs go nuts over noise

By Connie Orcutt • Published: August 1st, 2016
Category: Animal Airwaves

The Fourth of July and other noisy holidays can be treacherous for dogs that can’t stand the racket. While some pooches simply duck for cover inside, others chew on woodwork, leap through windows or run into traffic while trying to escape the din.

Many treatment approaches have been tried. Some cowering canines are shut in tiny rooms or kennels to keep them—and their surroundings—safe for the duration. Others are treated with human sedatives that make them groggy for hours but don’t really put them at ease.

Now a medication is available for noise aversive dogs. Administered as an oral gel, it calms dogs down without knocking them out. And it wears off just as most fireworks displays—or thunderstorms—are ending.

So if your dog goes nuts over noise, ask your veterinarian about this new therapeutic option. Your dog and your woodwork will be grateful.