Anxiety In Dogs

 
Anxiety can be a very troublesome problem in household pets. Apart from the obvious distress to your animal it can also cause your dog to become impossible to control, or lead to other stress-related illnesses.

 
Symptoms

The following signs may signal anxiety in your dog:

  • Cowering
  • Shaking
  • Restlessness
  • Yelping

 
Causes

Anxiety is most commonly caused by the body’s fight or flight mechanism. The most common triggers of anxiety in dogs includes fireworks, plane journeys and veterinary visits. Anxiety symptoms are often very easy to control with the correct medication, though in cases of sustained use your dog will need to be weened off of the drug slowly. You should take your dog for a full medical checkup if no reason is apparent, as several more serious illnesses may cause anxiety including heart disease.

 
Diagnosis

If no reason is apparent a veterinary professional will perform a thorough medical examination of your pet to determine whether the reaction is a symptom of a bigger problem.

 
Treatment

Many human anti-anxiety drugs, for example benzodiazepines, may be used when treating this condition. Such medication includes:

Always consult with your vet before giving medication to your pet.

 
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