After months of spending quality time with family, pets may find it the hardest to return to everyone’s former life routine. Here’s how you can help ease their stress and help them deal with separation anxiety.
June is Pet Anxiety Awareness Month, which aims to help pet owners know effective measures to help their furry family members.
All pets experience some form of fear, anxiety, or stress at some time in their life, with about 30% of them suffering from chronic anxiety that can lead to unhealthy and unwanted behaviors.
So how can you tell if a dog has anxiety? Symptoms to look out for includes: aggression, drooling, panting, destructive behavior, depression, excessive barking, pacing, restlessness, or repetitive compulsive behaviors.
The best way to treat anxiety in dogs is to consult your veterinarian. They can identify the type of anxiety your dog suffers from and the possible causes and triggers.
Veterinarians can help in coming up with a treatment plan since excessive anxiety is often caused by a variety of factors. Its best to treat it through a combination of training, preventive strategies, and in some cases, medications.
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