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Anxiety Disorders In Dogs



Anxiety in dogs is a common issue that can have various etiologies and manifest in a variety of ways. Things that have little bearing on us humans can be very stressful to our dogs. It's important to identify what is triggering the anxiety in your dog so you can take precautions to reduce the triggering events and provide the necessary support. That's why it's helpful to know the different types of anxiety that can affect canines. Below are some of the usual types of anxiety in dogs.

  • Separation Anxiety is the most common type of anxiety in dogs. This type of anxiety occurs when a dog is separated from their owner or from other people or animals they are attached to. Separation anxiety is caused by a dog's fear of being alone, which can be triggered by their owner leaving the house or any of the early cues that their owner is about to leave the house.

  • Noise Anxiety is another common type of anxiety in dogs. This type of anxiety is triggered by loud noises, such as thunderstorms, fireworks, or construction sounds. Noise anxiety is caused by a dog's sensitivity to loud sounds and can include thunderstorms, fireworks, and loud machinery.

  • Social Anxiety can be caused by a dog's fear of strangers, unfamiliar environments, and new animals. It is important to understand the cause of your dog's anxiety so that you can provide them with the best care and support.

  • Travel Anxiety is when dogs become anxious riding in a vehicle.

  • Confinement Anxiety is when dogs become anxious while being in confined spaces.

  • Generalized Anxiety is catchall category. Sometimes we are unsure of what triggers their anxiety and it remains unexplained. Despite our best efforts, sometimes we cannot identify the triggering events for our dog's anxiety.

Here's what to look for if you think your dog might have some anxiety issues:

  • Flattened ears, tail down or between her legs

  • Pacing

  • Shaking or trembling

  • Hiding

  • Excessive barking

  • Destructive behaviors: chewing, digging, and urinating

  • Physical symptoms: excessive panting, drooling, and restlessness.

Anxiety is a common problem in dogs, and it can manifest in a variety of ways. It is important to understand the different types of anxiety in order to provide the best care for your pet. If you suspect that your dog is suffering from severe anxiety or anything else that you cannot resolve on your own, it is important to consult your veterinarian or canine behaviorist for advice on how to best address the issue.


 

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