Have you noticed your dog acting a little out of character? Not as vibrant as they used to be? They may be experiencing a case of anxiety. Much like we go through the motions, our four-legged friends have the chance of being anxious in stressful situations. Here’s how to spot the symptoms of anxiety in our beloved pets.
Anxiety signs in dogs
Anxiety signs in dogs can be subtle. If your pet is in a situation that could trigger anxiety, such as hearing a thunderstorm, going for a car ride, or meeting new people, watch for the following signs:
- Excessive panting or drooling
- Seeking comfort or hiding
- Excessive licking or chewing
- Inappropriate elimination
How to soothe anxiety in your dog
Depending on what triggers your pet’s anxiety, some management methods may be more effective than others. However, a multimodal treatment plan generally works best. If you notice anxiety issues in your four-legged friend, try a combination of the following steps:
- Stick to a schedule — Sudden changes in schedule, such as if you return to your office after working from home, can cause increased anxiety in your dog. Try to maintain the same daily schedule.
- Remove your dog’s anxiety triggers — If your dog becomes increasingly agitated as people walk past your window, block their access. Removing anxiety triggers inside and outside your home can help calm your pet.
- Exercise with your dog — A bored dog is more prone to behavior issues like anxiety. Daily mental and physical exercise will help tire out your pet and give their mind something else to focus on.
- Create a safe space — If strangers visit or a thunderstorm rolls in, your dog will appreciate having a safe space to retreat to that’s outfitted with a cozy bed and plenty of long-lasting treats.
Want to relieve your furry companion of stress? Unsure of how to properly remedy their anxiety? Schedule an appointment with our team for a consultation and get your pet on the path to relief today.