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Dogs that develop a fear of loud noises could be in pain

A. L. Lopes Fagundes, L. Hewison and others

Frontiers in Veterinary Science (2018) 5, 17

doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00017

• What did the research find?

In clinical cases of noise sensitivity in dogs (ie, where pain was identified), the age of onset of the noise sensitivity was, on average, nearly four years later than control cases of noise sensitivity (dogs where pain was not identified). Clinical cases were also associated with greater signs of fear and anxiety to the wider environment and avoidance of other dogs compared to the control cases.

Clinical cases responded well to treatment once the involvement of pain had been identified.

• How was it conducted?

This study explored the signs of noise sensitivity in dogs with and without musculoskeletal pain by comparing case histories using qualitative content analysis. Data were extracted from the clinical records of 20 cases of dogs presenting with noise …

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