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Do your pets have anxiety?

 

Like humans, pets can suffer from anxiety.

Dogs with anxiety may bark incessantly, howl, chew, pace, tremble, pant, hide, lick excessively and suffer from increased shedding or try to escape. Some breeds are more prone to anxiety including German shepherds, labs, vizslas, border collies, cocker spaniels, bichon frises, King Charles spaniels or greyhounds and many toy breeds.

According to veterinarians some causes of anxiety are loud noises, like fireworks or thunder. One of the most common causes of anxiety in dogs is separation. Separation anxiety occurs when dogs become upset when their family leaves them. As a result of the separation, they may urinate or defecate, bark, howl, chew or dig to try to escape when a family member leaves the house.

Veterinarians aren’t sure what causes separation anxiety, but ownership, schedules or residences may contribute to it.

Professionals say there are ways to reduce your pet’s anxiety by setting a schedule and sticking to it and possibly using anxiety medications.

Dr. Christian Broadhurst of Clay Humane Services said that as dogs age, anxiety can become more progressive and owners should play close attention to their pet’s behavior