SFVS’s Sophia Yin, DVM, recently answered a San Francisco Chronicle reader’s question in the paper’s Ask the Vet column.
The question: Why is my dog afraid of my oven? As soon as I turn it on, he bolts from the house and hides in the backyard. The oven, which is 20 years old, doesn’t make any obvious sound unless it’s emitting something only a dog could hear. What could explain his irrational fear?