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Pet Talk: A safe and happy holiday for your pet

With New Year’s Eve around the corner, it is important to remember that many pets, especially dogs, are frightened by loud and sudden noises such as fireworks or thunder. This fear can range from mild anxiety to full panic, which can lead to dangerous situations.

There are many reasons why fireworks and thunderstorms can cause fear in dogs. Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explains some of these reasons and has advice for comforting scared dogs during these situations.

With excellent auditory senses, dogs can hear better than humans in both range and frequency, Darling said. If a noise is already loud to human ears, it is even louder for dogs. They are also often scared by sudden flashes of light.

 

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