What does anxiety look like in dogs? Let’s talk about it!
Like humans, dogs can experience anxiety rooted in past experiences such as being abandoned by their owner, past abuse or neglect, or a negative shelter experience. A dog’s anxiety may be caused by specific fears, such as separation anxiety, being home alone, car rides or traveling, loud noises, or meeting new people or pets.
Signs Your Dog May Be Feeling Anxious
Anxiety can manifest in many ways and can range in severity. Some visible signs of anxiety include:
- Whining or whimpering
- Excessive Licking
- Tucking the tail
- Having dilated Pupils
- Spontaneous elimination (urination/bowel movement)
- Displacement behavior (licking lips, sniffing air, “shaking it off”)
- Loss of appetite
- Following its owner closely
- Becoming withdrawn
There Are Ways You Can Help
It can be tough to see your best friend suffer through those anxiety-filled moments. You can help soothe your dog by: 1) Recognizing the signs of anxiety, and 2) Seeking environmental or circumstantial links to the cause of their anxiety.
This will help you determine the necessary steps to keep them calm and ease their anxiety before a stressful event. If your dog is experiencing severe/longer-lasting anxiety symptoms, schedule an appointment with your vet to discuss your pet’s unique needs.
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More Information On Anxiety in Dogs
July 4th is around the corner! For more information about anxiety in dogs – especially as it relates to fireworks and firework season – check out these helpful links: