Are you giving your dog Anxiety?

Here are helpful tips and trips to prevent anxiety to your dog these summer months.

Pet owners might think summer is the best time of year for their pets. But the warm months can also be stressful and can be the cause of fear and anxiety in dogs of all ages. Here are a few facts and helpful tips and tricks in control your dog’s anxiety during summer fun!

Who is more prone to anxiety:

  • Dogs not well exposed during their socializing stage as a young puppy and/or a puppy with a fearful role model with anxiety.
  • Aging dogs

Common anxious situations during summer:

  • Travel/ Separation anxiety; Family away on vacation.
  • Fireworks/Thunderstorms
  • Large gatherings

Did you know?

Separation anxiety is a common trigger among dogs. Dogs are highly social animals. Along with noises and social anxiety, separation anxiety is one of the top types of stress dogs develop.

Signs of anxiety:

  • Shaking and/or panting.
  • Excessive barking.
  • Hiding under furniture or any area they feel safe.
  • Destroying their surroundings, potentially causing harm to themselves
  • Panic; active escape behaviour.
  • Diarrhea. Defecate indoors.

Forcing them to leave their cozy hiding spot is a bad idea. They will just feel more exposed and vulnerable. If you feel you must be near your pet to comfort them, just sit quietly by until your dog is ready to come to you.

Helpful tips and tricks:

  • Thundershirt.
  • Adaptil; Pheromone spray to destress dogs.
  • Be a calm role model during anxious situations, your dog can pick up fear or discomfort.
  • Quiet room during the event. Basement, bathtub, rooms with no windows and/or cage/kennel.
  • TV playing or white noise.
  • Long walk before the event to help ease their anxiety.
  • Distract with a chew toys, indoor games and practice training commands.
  • In severe case, antianxiety/sedation and/or supplement medication may be prescribed by your veterinarian for additional comfort during anxious times.

Did you know?

Cats can suffer from stress and anxiety during summer too. The number one reason for feline stress is change. Hiding under the bed, peeing outside the litter box to over-grooming, unexpected aggression to destructiveness. It’s important to STOP for a moment and LOOK at your cat closely for any behaviour changes and LISTEN to how they vocalize. Stop. Look. Listen.

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