How to Stop Dog’s Anxiety? Important Facts You Need to Know

Have you ever noticed your dog acting unusual? If yes, you should be well aware of the fact that your dog could be depressed or anxious. Well, stress is more common in dogs too. It could even negatively impact the health of our beloved canine. That’s why it is crucial that you should know how to stop a dog’s anxiety.

What are signs of stress in a dog?

To avoid worse result affecting the dog’s health, there is a need for you to be well aware of the signs saying that your dog is indeed experiencing anxiety or stress. Some of these common signs are as follow:

Constipation, Diarrhea or Other Digestive Issues

Though commonly attributed to food intolerance, these signs could also be due to anxiety. Once the symptoms are abnormally severe, you have to speak to a vet already. And blood in the stool or vomit could be an indicator of a foodborne illness too.

Isolation

Yes, dogs might want alone time, but if dogs are constantly isolating themselves from other pets or people, they might be suffering from a sickness or anxiety.

Decrease in Appetite

Once your dog suddenly loses interest in food or the dog stops eating, it might be due to stress or to other health conditions.

Aggression

Aggressive actions towards people or other animals could also be a sign of a stressed dog. Most aggressive signs are accompanied by fearful facial expression and body posture along with submissive behavior.

How do you calm an anxious dog? 

Now that you are familiar with the signs of anxiety for dogs, you must also be knowledgeable when it comes to the different ways on how you can calm your anxious dogs.

Here is a list of some calming treatments:

  • Change the going away signals. Your goal here is to break the association of the dog to the actions of your departure and so not let them trigger the said separation anxiety. If you are going to leave, give the dog a toy or a treat to distract them. There are calming treats for dogs that could be used as a short term remedy.
  • Exercise the dog before departure. Of course, a tired dog is also a calm dog. Exercise the dog for about 30 minutes as it would relax the dog and divert the attention to sleep and food.
  • Playing music could also be considered. It could sometimes ease the anxiety particularly if dogs suffer from separation anxiety and you can leave the song playing as you go away.
  • And also, you have to check your state of mind. The problem might become worse if you are going to deal with the anxiety of your dog with nervousness. So, you should better be relaxed and calm as well.

What can you give a dog for anxiety? 

Aside from the ways to calm dogs, there are also some medications that you can give to your dog. Of course, with the approval of the veterinarian, you could give the dog an anxiety medication to ease the anxiety.

One of the most common options is the Benadryl as for alleviating symptoms of dog’s anxiety. Also, an antihistamine could serve as a mild sedative. It could help the dog to remain relaxed and calm once administered correctly.

Nevertheless, before giving them any medications, take note of the possible side effects too. Only give them the recommended dosage since extra dosage can lead to harmful effects.

Can Dogs Have Panic Attacks?

Yes, dogs could also have panic attacks that are considered to be similar to humans wherein the breathing and heart rate usually increase, shaking happens, and dogs would bite on their fur or skin. In most cases, the panic attacks might not be long and can subside easily.

However, if there are recurrent panic attacks, there is a need for them to be treated as this could lead to a weakened immune system or other health issues.

So, as a dog owner, you should really be aware of what is happening to your dog. With that, you can quickly deal with any problems and so avoid bigger or worse issues in the end.

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