How To Spot An Anxious Dog & Help Alleviate The Symptoms

Dogs, like humans, can get stressed out in this busy day and age we live in. But when it comes to our beloved dogs - do you know the signs, symptoms and remedies to ease their (and your) fears?

Think you have an anxious dog?

One of the challenges of taking care of our fantastic furball friends is that they can’t communicate their troubles with us in words. We therefore have to tune into their behavioural signs to tackle the issue before it escalates.

According to recent studies, more than 70% of dogs show signs of anxiety. That’s why at Anipal we created functional, healthy treats that are packed full of ingredients which calm and nurture our four-legged friends.

What causes anxiety in dogs:

There are many factors that can cause anxiety in dogs - such as separation, lack of activity and stimulation or feeling threatened. Separation anxiety is one of the most common forms of stress, an issue on the rise which has further been exacerbated by the Covid period when dogs have become familiar with owners being around 24/7.

Changes in environment (moving house or a shift in hours alone etc.), history of abandonment or loud noises from storms and fireworks can also be triggers for stress.

Signs of anxiety and stress according to RSPCA:

A few of the key signs that might suggest something is up includes:

  • Excessive grooming: Self-harm, including excessive licking or chewing.

  • Excessive barking: Although it can occur for many reasons, where stress is the culprit, dogs who bark excessively are typically responding to boredom, lack of stimulation and often separation anxiety.

  • Increased Urination: Finding yourself mopping up spills around the house a little more than you would like? Dogs can be prone to urinating around the house as a stress response, particularly separation anxiety. Frequent urination can also be a sign.

  • Destructive behaviour: Noticing a few extra holes in the garden? Digging is a sign of a bored or anxious dog.

How to treat anxiety:

There are plenty of ways to curb anxiety in our furry friends, such as:

  • Access to familiar environments: If possible, allow access into your dogs ‘safe places’ such as the home or where their bed is kept when you are out of the house to make them feel safe and comfortable. Crate training: (or access to their bed) is a great way to create a safe space for your dog to retreat to.

  • Exercise & stimulation: Be sure to take your pet out for morning exercise to stretch their legs, toilet and burn some energy. This helps to reduce anxiety and increase comfort levels when they are back home during the day by themselves.

  • Access to familiar scents: Leaving your dog on its own or in a new house? Leave them with items that are covered with your scent, such as old clothing or blankets. That way they have the comfort of a portable safe and familiar environment.

  • Chews & Toys: Introduce items for entertainment, such as chews to keep them occupied when you are out of the house.

  • Pheromone calming sprays: There are certain pheromones - called calming or appeasing which are meant to mimic natural dog pheromones - that can often help to relieve anxiety.

  • Professional training: Sometimes dogs need professional help to overcome their anxiety.

  • Medication: If symptoms persist talk to your vet who may recommend medications to settle the behaviours.

Anipal’s calming Adult Sea Chews and Sea Dreams

Anipal’s Adult Sea Chews and Sea Dreams vet developed formulas are designed to calm our furry friends minds and bodies. The treats are packed full of ingredients like valerian root & chamomile which assist with relaxation & stress release.

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