Behavioural Problems

 

What are my options if I have concerns about my pet’s behaviour?

Behavioural problems are extremely complex. We are able to provide advice on all behavioural concerns. If you have any questions please phone us or book an appointment and we can discuss all your options in detail.

 

What options do I have for calming my pet during cracker night?

Many dogs suffer from noise phobias and become anxious when fireworks are set off. Keeping your pet indoors with the windows and doors shut, curtains drawn and music playing will help. Try not to change your behaviour or routine too much as this can actually make any anxiety worse. If your pet has a severe noise phobia then there are medications that we can prescribe that can ease anxiety. We do require that your pet has been recently examined and that options are discussed with your vet before any medication will be prescribed.

 

Noise phobias can be helped through a process known as desensitization. This involves playing the problematic noise (e.g. fireworks, thunder) very softly in the background at home and gradually increasing the volume over a period of weeks to months. This process takes time and patience but can be extremely effective.

 

What options do I have for calming my pet during thunderstorms?

Thunderstorms are a nightly occurrence in Darwin during the wet season and unfortunately some dogs do suffer severe anxiety from the noise. If your pet is only mildly anxious then providing a secure safe place to hide can be all that is required. Try not to react to your pet’s anxiety as this can actually make things worse. Instead try to continue your routine as normal.

 

For mild cases of thunderstorm phobia some dogs may respond well to the use of pheromone collars or specifically designed coats (e.g. Thundershirts).

In moderate to severe cases of thunderstorm phobia we may prescribe anti-anxiety medications. There are a variety of options available and your vet can discuss these with you in a consultation.

 

One of the most effective treatments that can be implemented in the dry season is desensitization. This involves playing the problematic noise (e.g. fireworks, thunder) very softly in the background at home and gradually increasing the volume over a period of weeks to months. This process takes time and patience but can be extremely effective.