Seeing our pets happy with their ears perked up is how we’d love to see them all the time. However, what do you do when they’re feeling anxious? Can you even tell your dog is anxious at the moment? The team at City Park Vet has put together a list of anxiety signs in dogs to look out for.
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
- Inappropriate elimination
- Excessive licking or chewing
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Prepare for the upcoming fireworks on July 4th weekend by knowing how to spot anxiety in your pets. If you want more information on managing anxiety in dogs, contact our team!