Our canine companions can be some of the most excited and energetic friends around! What happens when you notice them a little down-in-the-dumps? How can you tell if they’re anxious or feeling under the weather? The team at Homestead Animal Hospital has put together a list of ways to spot anxiety in dogs and how to support them.
Anxiety signs in dogs
Anxiety signs in dogs can be subtle. If your pet is in a situation that could trigger anxiety, such as hearing a thunderstorm, going for a car ride, or meeting new people, watch for the following signs:
- Excessive panting or drooling
- Seeking comfort or hiding
- Excessive licking or chewing
- Inappropriate elimination
How to soothe anxiety in your dog
Depending on what triggers your pet’s anxiety, some management methods may be more effective than others. However, a multimodal treatment plan generally works best. If you notice anxiety issues in your four-legged friend, try a combination of the following steps:
- Stick to a schedule — Sudden changes in schedule, such as if you return to your office after working from home, can cause increased anxiety in your dog. Try to maintain the same daily schedule.
- Remove your dog’s anxiety triggers — If your dog becomes increasingly agitated as people walk past your window, block their access. Removing anxiety triggers inside and outside your home can help calm your pet.
- Exercise with your dog — A bored dog is more prone to behavior issues like anxiety. Daily mental and physical exercise will help tire out your pet and give their mind something else to focus on.
- Create a safe space — If strangers visit or a thunderstorm rolls in, your dog will appreciate having a safe space to retreat to that’s outfitted with a cozy bed and plenty of long-lasting treats.
Found your furry friend going through the motions of anxiety? Unsure of how to care for them? Contact our team for advice and schedule a wellness exam to further assess their anxiety levels.