Anxiety in Dogs: Symptoms, Signs and Treatments
4 CommentsTuesday, 27 November 2012 | Kate
Anxiety in Dogs: Symptoms, Signs and Treatments – Oh My!
Loud noise anxiety is a problem that affects many dogs of varying ages especially at certain times of the year. Come November and it's the constant fireworks that may send your dog under the bomb shelter you think of as your bed.
Come Christmas and nervous dogs may become increasingly anxious around extended family members they don't know: Granddad's gin-fuelled dancing scares dogs too. A lot of dogs run from the vacuum cleaner but for some of them it's a real problem. Sometimes it is easy to forget that a dog's hearing is far more sensitive than ours; if it wasn't there'd be no such thing as dog whistles!
Common noises dogs fear
Some of the most common noises that trigger anxiety in dogs are: thunderstorms, fireworks, Bonfire Night, hoovering, sirens, construction noises, gunshots, new people or anything else that is loud, unknown and unfamiliar.
Symptoms the noise may be too much for your dog
The common signs and symptoms that a dog suffers from noise based anxiety are: barking, chewing, digging, dilated pupils, drooling, flatulence, hiding, pacing, panting, trembling, trying to escape, and urinating or defecating.
In some cases anxiety can even lead to aggression in dogs. It is important not leave your dog alone when they are likely to have an anxiety attack (such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and New Years Eve) as they may hurt themselves in their panic.
In an infamous case reported by Katherine A. Houpt, VMD, Ph.D., a dog managed to escape from their owner's house only to be hit by traffic.
Simple things you can do to ease your dog's anxiety
Remember that each dog is different and what works for some dogs may not work for others.
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