Noise Phobia in Dogs - Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment


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The diagnosis of a noise phobia is straightforward, as usually the fear-eliciting sound is loud and distinct. The owner can usually identify when the noise occurs and can identify the animal’s specific response.

Differential diagnosis

  • Gastrointestinal disease – colitis, parasites, dietary sensitivity or other causes for diarrhea or urgency to defecate, seizures
  • Urinary – cystitis, other causes of lower urinary tract disease, diabetes or other causes of increased urine volume, seizures
  • Neurologic – seizures, hepatic encephalopathy


  • No significant findings


  • Imaging: No significant findings

Other diagnostic testing, pathologic findings

  • No further testing usually warranted