Does Your Dog Have Canine Anxiety?

 

You might not realize that anxiety is a common occurrence in dogs. Signs that indicate your pup might be anxious are hard to detect, but once you know what to look for, they will be quite obvious. Learn more about dog anxiety to see if your dog suffers from this common condition during Dog Anxiety Week, which runs from May 3 to 9.

 

What causes anxiety in dogs?

Dogs can feel anxiety for many different reasons and in a variety of situations, including:

  • An owner leaving the home
  • A trip to the veterinarian, groomer, or boarding facility
  • A car ride
  • Thunderstorms
  • Fireworks
  • Construction
  • Environmental changes
  • Disrupted routine
  • Strangers
  • Other animals

 

What are anxiety signs in dogs?

Anxiety signals may be interpreted as poor behavior in dogs, when they’re actually trying to tell their owner how they feel. Signs your dog is feeling anxious can include:

  • Pacing
  • Whining
  • Barking
  • Howling
  • Panting or drooling excessively
  • Digging
  • Chewing 
  • Clinging
  • Eliminating inside the house

Although these behaviors can be frustrating for you, consider how your dog is feeling when they display them. 

 

How can I help my dog cope with anxiety?

While you likely cannot completely cure your dog’s anxiety, several options to help minimize their unease exist, such as:

  • Exercise — Regular exercise will help your dog burn off excess energy and feel calmer.
  • Compression wraps — A compression wrap applies gentle pressure to certain points on your dog’s body, promoting a soothing feeling.
  • Calming supplements — A variety of calming ingredients can be found in supplements that help take the edge off your dog’s anxiety.
  • Anti-anxiety medications — In some cases, anxious dogs may benefit from anti-anxiety medication and from behavioral and environmental modification to reduce their anxiety.

 

For help your dog with stress or anxiety, contact our team for a behavioral consultation.