Managing Anxiety in Dogs

Learn about the three main causes of pet anxiety and how to offer much-needed relief to an anxious furry friend.

Pet Anxiety

The thunder rolls in the distance and Barley, a blue-heeler mix, beelines to her safe spot---the bedroom closet.

Barley’s reaction to storms is not uncommon. Like people, dogs also experience anxiety, with the three main causes being fear, separation and aging.

Understanding Pet Anxiety

Fear-related anxieties can stem from loud noises like fireworks and thunder, new environments, unfamiliar situations or even visual fears like someone wearing a hat or carrying an umbrella. In fact, the highest number of lost pets occur over the July Fourth holiday, and 1/5 of lost pets go missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks, thunderstorms or other loud noises. Additionally, when humans leave their house, roughly 40% of dogs will experience separation anxiety. And age-related anxieties affect dogs very similar to how Alzheimer’s disease affects people. Dogs may lose their memory, their awareness can decline and often confusion will set in, ultimately resulting in anxiety and fear.

Spotting Common Signs

How can you tell if your pet suffers from anxiety? Watch for symptoms, such as:

  • Panting
  • Yawning or lip licking
  • Hiding
  • Cowering
  • Aggression
  • Destructive behavior
  • Whimpering or barking
  • Pacing and restlessness
  • Clinginess
  • Managing Pet Anxiety

    Like with humans, anxiety in pets is real, and it also can be managed through trusted solutions, such as pheromones.

    Calming pheromones, such as Adaptil, mimic the natural dog appeasing pheromones given off by mothers to provide puppies with a sense of reassurance. By replicating this signal of comfort, Adaptil helps alleviate fear, stress and behaviors like barking, whining, howling, destructive chewing, urination and defecation. Other forms of help are available for your anxious pets, such as behavioral prescriptions, available with a script from your veterinarian.

    Find calming agents that provide relief to dogs and cats suffering from anxiety, here.

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