Badda Bing, Badda Boom…Noises That Drive Dogs Crazy and What You Can Do
Crash, boom, bang…all noises that may send your dog running for cover under your bed. A dog’s hearing is quite different from ours. They can hear sounds 4 times farther away than we can, hear higher pitches sounds that are undetectable to the human ear and their extremely moveable ears can help them hone in on the origin of the auditory reverberations. We need to move our entire head to better echo locate. Loud noises such as thunder and fireworks can be very scary for your canine companion. A frightened dog can cause itself great bodily harm trying to escape the sonic terrors and great angst for their owners.
Trying to make your dog less noise phobic has typically involved sound desensitization or heavily sedating your dog. Now… there is a breakthrough medication that won’t make the sound any less obnoxious but can allow your dog to better deal with the auditory insult.
Dr. Sharon Campbell is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and one of the technical veterinarians for Zoetis Animal Health. We will be discussing noise aversion and a new medication available to treat it.
Dr. Campbell received her DVM degree from University of Wisconsin and completed a residency in internal medicine and a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her residency, Dr Campbell was a Clinical Instructor at the University of Tennessee for 2 years. She then worked at a private referral hospital in Massachusetts for 5 years before joining Zoetis (Pfizer Animal Health). Since joining Zoetis, Dr. Campbell has worked in several different division including which allowed her to gain experience in different aspects of drug development, marketing and communications. She currently has two cats, who enjoy spending time with her in the garden when they are not sleeping.