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.