Understanding and Managing Anxiety in Dogs

Understanding and Managing Anxiety in Dogs

Dogs, like people, can suffer from anxiety and may require professional help. Signs of anxiety to watch out for in dogs include excessive pacing, destructive behaviour, excessive licking or chewing, and inappropriate elimination.

Medications can be used to treat various types of anxiety in dogs, such as daily anxiety or anxiety caused by specific situations like thunderstorms or fireworks. When medication is used correctly and in conjunction with behavioural training, it can greatly improve the quality of life for anxious dogs and help them overcome their triggers.

If you notice any symptoms of anxiety in your dog, it is important to seek help from a veterinarian as soon as possible. Waiting to address the issue can negatively impact both you and your dog's life, as anxiety does not typically improve on its own. There are also over-the-counter supplements and treatments available for anxiety, but it's best to use them under the guidance of a veterinarian.

Anti-anxiety medication can be life-changing and lifesaving for dogs with severe anxiety, however it can also have side effects such as loss of appetite, constipation, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhoea. In some cases, medication can also affect a dog's behaviour, such as lowering their bite inhibition or making them more irritable. If you notice any changes in your dog's behaviour while on medication, it's important to speak with your veterinarian right away.

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