Noise Phobia and Your Dog
The fear and anxiety associated with noise is commonly called noise sensitivity, anxiety or phobia, depending upon the types and severity of clinical signs.
Noise aversion is a term used to encompass the spectrum of degrees of fear and anxiety associated with noise. While some phobias cannot be completely eliminated, the severity of the disorder can be greatly reduced in most cases.
Symptoms range from mild anxiety, trembling, clinging, barking, hiding, pacing, to severe panic attacks, trying to escape, inappropriate soiling, salivating and destructive behavior. Although noise aversion is common, dog owners often do not seek help from their veterinarians. One reason may be that pet owners recognize that their dogs overreact to noise, but do not recognize that these behaviors are a demonstration of fear.
As is true for any behavioral disorder, it is ideal to avoid the trigger for the anxious response when possible. Accessing weather reports can provide some degree of predictability for high risk days for storms. Events such as fireworks, thunder, celebrations, construction work and traffic or street noise will reliably increase the risk of exposure to potential noise sensitivities (especially fireworks).
Additionally, if left untreated, noise aversion can progress, resulting in an increased intensity of signs, aversion to other types of noises and /or development of other types of anxiety. Sometimes it is possible to transport your pet to a quiet area, some boarding facilities will have specialized noise sensitive areas, and some clients are able to sound proof an area of their home. Ideally the dog will have human company for the storm but there are times this will be impractical.
Here are some wasy you can help to control and manage your pet's noise phobia:
Did You Know the Girl Scouts Recently Visited Us?
Recently, Girl Scout Troop #10013 visited our hospital to learn about the veterinary field.
They were able to learn about pet care, listen to a dog's heartbeat, and see various animals, including puppies, rabbits, a hairless cat, and an opossum.
Check out our Facebook photo album to see pictures from the event!
Our Food Drive was a Huge Success!
A BIG thank you to everyone that participated in our food drive and photos with Santa event, it was a big success.
We raised $400.00 for the shelter and Hills matched that for us!!! A special thank you goes to Hills for their generosity.
Come to the Pancakes for Puppies Event
If you're a dog lover who wants to support the local community, this is the event for you!
Join us at the Pancakes for Puppies breakfast to support the Egg Harbor Township Dog Park.
What Is Rabies and How Can It Be Prevented?
September 28th is World Rabies Day, so we’d like to take a minute to raise awareness about what rabies is and how it can be prevented.
Rabies is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be transmitted to humans by animals. It affects the nervous system and causes anxiety, aggression, hypersensitivity, seizures, paralysis of the nerves, and respiratory failure.
As of right now, there is no cure for rabies and infected animals generally die within five days of showing symptoms. Although the typical incubation period for rabies is three to eight weeks, animals with rabies can only transmit the disease following the onset of clinical signs.
According to American Humane, this is what you need to know about rabies:
Send a Friend & Get $20 Off
Do you want to save $20 on your pet's next visit to Cologne Animal Hospital? Beginning August 1, 2018, it's simple!
Just tell a friend or family member about our hospital, give them a referral card (they can be picked up at our front desk) and ask them to mention your name when they book a new client appointment. We will instantly credit both of your accounts with $20 for use on your pet's next visit.
We appreciate the confidence you've shown in us by telling your friends about our hospital, and love having you as part of the family!
Understanding Pet Food Labels
What is GOOD dog food? And how do you find out?
We decided to do some research and came across a wealth of helpful information on the websites of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).
This is what you should know:
1. Your pet's age, breed, activity level, and whether or not they're spayed/neutered have a lot to do with how much food they need
2. Although food labels are regulated by the FDA and must be factual, it's important to remember that they're also promotional tools