Dogs can suffer from anxiety just like people do. In fact, anxiety is a common mental health issue in dogs. This week is dedicated to helping dog owners learn about and identify signs of canine anxiety, as well as how to help their furry friends cope.
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
- Environmental changes
- Disrupted routine
- 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:
- Panting or drooling excessively
- 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.