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Recognizing Anxiety in Your Pet

Recognizing and managing anxiety in our pets is crucial to their well-being and happiness. Even seemingly minor behavioral changes like extra grooming or in cats or panting in dogs can be indicators of emotional distress. Luckily, there’s plenty of ways you can spot anxiety in your dog or cat and help them effectively manage their symptoms.

Does my pet have anxiety?

Cats and dogs can both experience anxiety in various forms, but the signs of this anxiety can vary. Cats are more likely to urinate outside of their litter box, isolate themselves, and aggressively groom themselves (this can lead to hair loss). As for dogs, you may see excessive barking, pacing, restlessness, and aggression. Both cats and dogs may exhibit changes in appetite or display territorial behaviors.

Can I help my pet manage their anxiety?

Yes, there are many ways you can help your cat or dog successfully manage their anxiety symptoms. For cases of mild anxiety, something as simple as extra exercise or a new toy to keep them occupied could make all the difference. Your pet may also feel stressed when they don’t have a set routine in place. If you find yourself feeding or walking your pet at different times each day, see if establishing a consistent schedule helps with their anxiety.

If techniques like this don’t seem to make a difference, your pet may need more professional help. Your veterinarian is your best resource when you’re not sure how to manage their anxiety. They can provide treatments like anxiety medications that have been proven to relieve the symptoms of pet anxiety.

Contact Your Veterinarian Today!

Your pet doesn’t have to suffer from their anxiety alone–by identifying their symptoms and finding the right management techniques, you can help your pet live a happier, healthier life. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian today!