Anxiety in dogs can be an extremely stressful and distressing experience for both pet and owner. It is important to understand what causes your dog’s anxiety so that you can effectively manage it.
What Causes Anxiety in Dogs?
Common causes of anxiety in dogs include fear or distress around loud or unfamiliar noises, changes in their routine or environment, separation from their owners, or a traumatic experience. Other factors like genetics, age, and breed can also contribute to anxiety in dogs. Regardless of the cause, it is important to understand your pet’s individual needs and create strategies that best address their specific triggers and response.
What are the Signs of Anxiety in Dogs?
Signs of anxiety in dogs can vary depending on the severity and type of the disorder. Common signs include barking or whining excessively, trembling or shaking, panting, pacing, hiding, refusing food, and urinating or defecating indoors. Dogs may also display behavioral changes such as chewing furniture or other destructive behaviors. Paying close attention to your dog’s body language and behavior can help you determine if they are experiencing anxiety.
What Should I do if I Think My Dog has Anxiety?
If your dog is displaying any of these signs, it’s important to speak with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Your vet may recommend medications or other treatments that can help manage their symptoms. A behavioral modification plan might also be advised in order to help your dog cope with their anxiety. This plan will typically involve behavior modification techniques and environmental changes that can reduce the sources of stress for your pet. Additionally, providing plenty of mental and physical stimulation through exercise and playtime can help to reduce signs of anxiety in dogs.
At the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro, we can also recommend CBD supplements or medications that your dog can take to help keep them calm and reduce their anxiety.
Overall, it’s important to be observant of any changes in behavior and to speak with your vet if you suspect that your dog is struggling with anxiety. With the right treatment and care, it’s possible for dogs to lead happy and healthy lives. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.