TV20 STUDIO - Dr. Tecla Myrick was here Tuesday to talk about noise phobias in dogs and cats.
Loud noises can be frightening to pets. In response to these fears, some pets may develop severely anxious behaviors such as panting, trembling, pacing, barking, whining, seeking attention, and destroying things.
Try not to use a sympathetic tone of voice, as this will reinforce anxious behaviors. Instead be confident and never punish them.
Ask your veterinarian if there is a medication that would be appropriate for you to give your pet before loud noises start.