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Noise Phobia: Tips to Comfort a Dog Who Fears Thunder, Fireworks and Other Sounds

Does the rumble and crash of a thunderstorm send your dog scuttling under the bed? If so, you (and your dog) are not alone. Storms and other noises, such as fireworks, gunshots and smoke alarms can send many dogs into paroxysms of distress. And for some dogs, even more subtle sounds, such as a dishwasher, can be intensely upsetting. Why does your dog react so strongly to noise? “It is a panic disorder,” says Dr. Terry Marie Curtis, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist at the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine. “And the physical effects of anxiety and stress shouldn’t be ignored.” In fact, chronic stress can compromise your dog's immune system and exacerbate many conditi

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