Can my pet really have pet anxiety?
Yes, she can. In fact, cats and dogs are very likely to have problems with anxiety. Visiting the vet, routine changes, loud noises (such as fireworks) or moving to a new home are all examples of things that can cause pet anxiety.
Although certain animals do have a more nervous temperament than others, traumatic events or exposure to particular stressors can upset even a normally calm animal and cause pet anxiety.
Many pets are naturally anxious but leaving your cat or dog at home alone for long stretches of time can cause them to have stress and become bored. Most pets need a lot of social contact. Pets can become loud and destructive when they are unhappy about being left at home alone.
What are the signs and causes of pet anxiety?
If your pet is experiencing separation anxiety then you are likely to come home to scratched doors, messes on the floor and torn up furniture. Also, if you are stressed out a lot your dog or cat will pick up on these feelings and become anxious themselves.
Noise is also a great source of anxiety for dogs and cats. Gunshots, fireworks, thunderstorms, the sweeper running and a drill are all things that might stress your pet out. It is easy to spot a pet that is dealing with noise anxiety because they will normally run away and hide in a spot that is far away from the noise. Sometimes they might even drool, tremble, bark, meow or urinate when loud noises occur.
How can I help my pet’s anxiety?
Socializing your pet when it is young is very important because if you do not it can lead to social anxiety. Pets that are not properly socialized will have a strong fear of crowded places and have issues getting along with other animals. When a dog or cat is faced with a social situation they cannot handle they are likely to either flee or turn aggressive.
In order to help your pet cope with the common stressors of everyday life, it is therefore important to ensure the health of the nervous system.
There are several anti-anxiety medications for pets that your vet can prescribe for your dog or cat. They have a number of side effects including diarrhea, purging and negative changes in the blood pressure.
Are there natural ways to help pet anxiety?
Yes. There are also several natural remedies that can help to relax your pet without any side effects. Scullcap and Passiflora incarnata will both help to calm your dog or cat by soothing their nervous system. Kalium phosphate and Argentium nitricum are ingredients that can be found in many home remedies. They are both well known for their support of the nervous system and digestive system.
PetCalm is a natural, safe, proven herbal and homeopatic remedy that may be used regularly to reduce anxiety and stress in highly strung or chronically anxious pets, or as needed for relief during particularly stressful situations like competitive events, visits to the vet, change of home, domestic stress, or separation anxiety, etc. PetCalm is safe, pharmaceutically manufactured to the highest standards and causes no side-effects.
PetCalm comes in convenient, dissolvable granule form. Safe and easy to administer, these pleasant tasting granules are simply sprinkled on your pet’s tongue and rapidly absorbed in the mouth — making them easy to administer.
Make sure that you do whatever you can to help your dog or cat feel comfortable and give them the help for pet anxiety that they deserve. After all, if you do not then who will? They sure cannot do it for themselves.
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Pet Anxiety: Calming Your Anxious Pet by Dee Braun