Whether you know it or not, dogs can have fears and anxieties just like people. Your dog, Lucky, may not experience the same type of anxiety or triggers which cause anxiety, but he can have physical and stress reactions to what causes him distress.
symptoms and types of anxiety in dogs

Understanding Anxiety in Dogs

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress or a stressful situation, and just like humans, dogs too do have anxiety disorders. According to The American Kennel Club, anxiety in dogs affects all breeds. In spite of this, certain dog breeds

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Symptoms of anxiety in dogs.

Treatment for Anxiety in Dogs

You’ve taken Lucky to the vet because you think he may have anxiety issues. The veterinarian did testing which ruled out thyroid or brain disease and did a blood workup to see if poisoning was an issue. So, Lucky cleared

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Sources of Anxiety for Dogs

There are many sources of anxiety and Lucky may suffer from one or from several. Some of these anxiety issues are the following:
  • Separation anxiety is when Lucky becomes anxious when he’s left by himself.
  • Noise anxiety is when Lucky becomes afraid when he hears loud noises. It could be such things as thunderstorms, the banging of garbage trucks, fireworks or even gunfire.
  • Confinement anxiety is when Lucky feels as if he’s trapped or confined in an area. He thinks that if his movements are restricted, and he feels threatened, then he can’t flee or escape.
  • Travel anxiety is because even though the car has an appearance of a den, it moves. Lucky feels stressed and unsure of the expected movement.

Symptoms of Anxiety in Dogs

If you think that anxiety is an issue for your dog, there are some behaviours to look for. Lucky may destroy property, overgroom himself, or pace.
Other behaviours may be:
  • If Lucky barks non-stop when you’re gone, you may not hear it, but your neighbours may tell you about it.
  • If he chews up shoes, the walls, the furniture or gets into the garbage and either eats it or strews it all over the place.
  • If Lucky is pooping or peeing in his crate, where he’s confined or anywhere in the home, or if he is eating his faeces.
  • If he starts to become aggressive towards dogs, other animals or people, then he’s having anxiety difficulties.