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Anxiety in dogs.

December 21, 2017

Ever seen a dog sitting in the corner chewing on their nails because they’re so anxious. Probably not. Dogs have other ways to express their distress.

Anxiety is a serious problem that can be triggered by fear, aging and separation. Dogs are social animals and enjoy human interaction. Being left alone for long periods of time while their humans are away working can inspire all kinds of ways to get in trouble.

Fear-related anxiety is caused by loud noises, unfamiliar people, animals, or visual stimuli. These triggers may seem inconsequential to us, but they create a lot of anxiety for dogs.

Cognitive disfunction in older pets may lead to anxiety.

Signs of anxiety include destroyed furniture, scratching at doors and walls, drooling, barking and excessive grooming. Aggression is the most dangerous symptom of anxiety.

The longer anxiety continues without intervention, the harder it becomes to resolve.

The journey begins with a trip to your veterinarian for a thorough examination to rule out other causes of your pet’s distress. Some causes of anxiety are so severe that they need medication or natural therapies.

The next step may include work with a trainer for counterconditioning and desensitization. Medication and behavior modification work well together to speed results.

With the right treatment strategy, you can help your dog overcome their anxiety and prevent dangerous and destructive situations from happening in the first place.

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