Pet Anxiety Affects 80% of Pets. How to Help

Pet Anxiety Affects 80% of Pets. How to Help

Anxiety in pets, particularly cats and dogs, is a common issue that many pet owners face. Understanding the signs and causes of anxiety in our furry friends is crucial in providing them with the support and care they need.

What are the Signs of Anxiety in Cats and Dogs?

Cats and dogs can exhibit various signs of anxiety, including excessive barking or meowing, destructive behavior, trembling, hiding, aggression, and even excessive licking to the point of hurting their own skin. 

What Causes Anxiety in Cats and Dogs?

Anxiety in pets can be triggered by various factors such as separation from their owners, loud noises, changes in routine, new environments, or traumatic experiences. There is no doubt that COVID and working from home arrangements made this harder with animals becoming accustomed to having their humans with them most of the time. Understanding the root cause of their anxiety can help in finding the appropriate solutions.

How Can You Help Your Anxious Pet?

There are several ways to help alleviate anxiety in cats and dogs. Providing a safe and secure environment, creating a consistent routine, offering mental stimulation, and using calming products such as pheromone diffusers or supplements can all be beneficial in managing their anxiety. Young animals can even benefit from having a warm water bottle on their bed to feel cozy. Supplements are a great option to ease mild anxiety and deal with stressful events like fireworks.

When Should You Seek Professional Help?

If your pet's anxiety is severe and impacting their quality of life, it is essential to seek guidance from a veterinarian. They can provide expert advice and recommend appropriate treatment options to help your pet overcome their anxiety. 

Remember, being a responsible pet owner means being attentive to your pet's emotional well-being as well. By understanding and addressing anxiety in cats and dogs, you can ensure that they lead happy and healthy lives.

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