Noise Phobias

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Types of noise phobias
ireworks, smoke detectors, trash trucks, gardening equipment and more...

Desensitization therapy works best
Play the fearful sound at low volume until your pet no longer reacts while giving a high value treat (positive reinforcement).
Gradually increase the volume over time until you reach levels that mirror real life.

Sedatives like trazodone can be useful for mild-moderate anxiety
Benefits include true anti-anxiety effect.
Great for occasional or as needed use.

Severe noise phobias, like 4th of July fireworks, require pre-planning
Have a safe place for your pet to go.
Arrange to stay home or have someone stay with your pet.
If your pet is likely to harm themselves in panic, consider use of Sileo® for 4th of July, New Years Eve, etc.

Note: Sileo® (dexmedetomidine oromucosal gel) is the first FDA-approved treatment for dogs that suffer from a serious condition called noise aversion.