Does your dog have anxiety? Whether it be separation, noise, or other anxiety, it is never fun to see your pet feel anxious. We want to provide a little help on how to help your dogs with anxiety. Let's first look at the different types of anxiety in dogs.
Separation Anxiety: This one is most common and can show up in any size, breed, and age of dogs. This type of anxiety happens when they are separated from their owner/family that they are very attached to. They will start to cry, scream, try to escape, or even start destroying furniture.
Social Anxiety: When a dog is not properly socialized they can have social anxiety and can be with other dogs or humans. Some dogs may even become aggressive if it's bad enough.
Noise Anxiety: This is just what it sounds like, anxiety that comes from loud noises. This can be fireworks, thunder, big bangs, ect. Dogs will typically try to hide, pant, and have a fast heart rate.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Humans can be traumatized after certain events and so can dogs.
These are all different types of anxiety disorders your dog may experience. So what are the signs of anxiety? Here is a list of some signs and symptoms your dog may show:
• Excessive drooling
• Excessive barking
• Excessive energy
• Destructive chewing
• Self harm
• Scratching or digging at doors
• Hyper salivation
• Indiscriminate house soiling
• Significant destructive behavior
Now that we have discussed the different types of anxiety and symptoms, let's go over ways to help reduce their anxiety.
The best way to go about helping your dog is consulting your veterinarian. They will be able to best determine what type of anxiety your pet is suffering from. They can also see if there is an underlying medical issue causing these symptoms.
Your vet will be able to come up with a proper treatment plan which may include training or exercise routine. They can help figure out what is triggering it and ways to prevent it. In some cases medications may be necessary.
Maintaining your dogs diet and exercise routine is vital to helping reduce anxiety, however it isn't always a cure all.
Many people are now turning to CBD for pets to help reduce anxiety. When your dog digests CBD oil it helps the body calm down and relieve both tension and anxiety. This route is becoming more and more popular as people see the benefits of the organic oil, both in humans and pets. We will do a post on this in the near future.
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