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Posted on 06-30-2016

Noise aversion is more common in dogs than in cats.  The exact cause is unknown but most dogs with noise aversion also suffer from other anxieties as well.  Symptoms of noise aversion include panting, pacing, trembling, self-inflicted trauma, and escape behavior.  The Fourth of July is the most common time for pets to go missing.  
The veterinarians at Animal Care have many options for treatment of animals that suffer from noise aversion.  The aptly named Thunder Shirt is one such option.  A Thunder Shirt looks something like a t-shirt and gently hugs a dog's midsection.  This light pressure acts on the central nervous system to help calm an anxious pet.  Medication is another option to relieve a pet's fear of loud noises.  Zoetis has launched a new treatment, Sileo, that calms pets without over sedation.  Sileo comes in an easy-to-administer oral gel which offers rapid relief.  Behavior modification is another option to consider.  The veterinarians at Animal Care are experienced in treating anxiety disorders in dogs, but the first step is to schedule an appointement to discuss the problem a pet is having.  Once an exam has been done to rule out any physical cause, the veterinarian will discuss the most appropriate option or form of treatment for that client and their pet.
If a pet suffers from this form of anxiety, there are some things that should be done to ensure the pet is safe and as comfortable as possible.  Even if medication is used to relieve anxiety, it is wise to be sure the pet is not left outdoors during times when trigger events might occur.  The pet should be kept indoors with the doors and windows securely closed.  The pet should have a "safe place" to weather the storm or stressful event, perhaps a covered box or favorite blanket to snuggle into.  Because even the best efforts will sometimes fail, all pets should be microchipped, which will increase the odds of a lost pet being safely returned to its owner.   At the very least, dogs should wear a secure collar and tag with the owner's name and current contact information.
It is important not to punish a pet for being fearful, as this will only increase anxiety and can lead to other behavioral problems.  The veterinarians at Animal Care can help make this summer more enjoyable and less stressful for pets and their owners.

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Animal Care Associates will no longer be seeing patients on Saturdays. 

Beginning on  May 19th Animal Care Associates will no longer have doctor hours on Saturday.  We will remain open  for boarders only. Unfortunately we will no longer have veterinarians available to see patients on that day.   

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