PetMeds® Sound Sensitivity and Anxiety in Dogs and Cats

During the summer season one of the more common phone calls or questions asked is what an animal guardian can do for their pet who is so frightened of thunderstorms or fireworks. These are two common sounds heard by pets in the summer nights, often causing severe anxiety, restlessness, and sometimes sleepless pets and animal guardians.

While it is not fully understood who certain pets develop this common phobia at some point in their life, there are many treatment options available that can often help such pets get through this difficult time of year. I will always initially try natural approaches first by using supplements such as Be Serene, Composure Liquid, or Homeopet Anxiety drops.  If these gentler approaches don’t initially work, there are many prescription pet meds that can be tried.  Many veterinarians will often try the prescription medication Acepromazine, which while effective in many pets, can sometimes cause excessive sedation in some pets, while not helping other pets at all. In these other cases prescription Xanax or Amitriptyline are other options that veterinarians can prescribe if appropriate and necessary.

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  1. I have a 15yo male cat and we have been going the a series of problems lately. First he has been eating dry food for years but I noticed that he was vomiting undigested food alone with hair balls that was last year so I started giving him wet food. He had been doing fine with that until a couple of months ago and the vomiting started again. I took him to the vet, he could not figure out what was wrong. So he gave me some cat-lax and antiboitics told me that this will help him to pass the hairball through his bowls. My cat started feeling and acting better for a week or so. Then something new started, his behavior jumping on high things such as tables, back end of couchs, dhaving his bowl movement on the outside of his box and consitant ly twiching his tail and grooming himself, restlessnes. So I took him to another vet, he also could not figure out what is going on the my cat. He mentioned something about sensitivity and gave me some pills to give him. Please help!!!

  2. Thank you for these solutions, i prefer to try the natural treatments before medications.

  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    That is always a good idea.

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  5. I am a first timer, i found some very helpful information and requested a catalog. I’m looking forward to doing business with PetMeds

  6. Dr,Dym I adopted an abused Pappililon on 4/22/12 and she is terrified of everything, if she sees a person across the street she starts shaking so bad her whole body shakes I pick her up & hold her & try to soothe her, if she hears a knock on the door she actually pees a little or she will mess a little where ever she is. she is so scared takes flight & hides where ever she can & will stay there for hours.When I call to her she will not come at all but when I go to find her and go to pick her up she lies down submissively on her back, does not shake but tail is tucked, & I have to carry her she will not walk with me any where in the house.I have gotten her used to a harness & leash & she does pretty good so far but when it is time to come in from her walks she is petrified of coming in the door & I even leave it open so that opening it will not scare her. I was looking at these stress medications & wondered if maybe I should try one, she will not eat treats so chews are out of the question, do you think they would help her & how often to give them to her.I keep her with me & she sleeps with me hoping she will begin to trust but I don`t know.I have never had or been exposed to an abused animal before & she has a cataract on one eye & is blind in it & the other one the cataract is almost to that point so, I know she would have to be some what afraid in a new place she knows where every thing is, so what can I do to help her? I sure hope you answer these posts as I really need your help. Thank You. 5/7/12

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    STress medications like amitryptylline and/or clomiprimine may help in case like this. Also try natural remedies like Be serene from 1800petmeds.

  8. How can I give tablets and pills to my cat
    She has a severe ear infection
    She will not eat food with it crushed and sprinkled

  9. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Try pill pockets available from most vets. also you can have tablets compounded into feline friendly liquid by compounding pharmacy. Check with 1800petmeds pharmacist or you can try Wedgewood pharmacy which you can find on line

  10. Our 14 month old sheltie has an anxiety problem we’ve not seen in any of the 5 other shelties we had over the past 40 years. He is stressed out when we take him in our car. However, we can take him in our diesel pickup for thousands of miles without a problem pulling our fifth wheel camper as well as around town without a problem. In the car he drools or vomits, or both. The meds work but we thought by this time we could cut them out. Just a ‘ride’ to the bank a mile away and back is stressful for him. How do we get him off meds so we can take him for short (or long) rides in the car?

  11. I have a great Friendly young cat who has recently started to bite me for no reason. I am just trying to find out what you think the reason could be. He is friendly to everyone. I give him attention when he wants it but the past five days he has tried to attack me and only me 3 times.

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