Looking into Identifying and Easing Pet Anxiety
Anxiety and Depression are not just felt by humans. Animals, in general, are proven to affected by anxiety and depression. Our dogs, most especially, are known as emotional creatures. Oftentimes symptoms of your pet’s anxiety manifest in so many ways. Sometimes when our pets resort to destruction, it may be a signal that he or she is depressed. In these times, dog owners are advised to refrain from scolding, shouting or punishing their dogs. This may frighten then even more and may cause their anxiety and depression to grow worse.
We have all been there. We come home after a long day’s work and we expect to be greeted with a warm hug and some wagging of tail. Instead, we come home to a destroyed sofa, waste everywhere and your dog looking at you with those big sad puppy dog eyes. Initially you will be mad. But try to give them a deeper understanding—what is going on inside your dog’s head? They are probably scared and anxious.
Pet anxiety and fear are linked to behavior problems of our pets. Just like humans, our pets show their emotions in various ways. Some of these expressions include vocalization, soiling the house, aggression, and destruction. Dogs may go through anxiety and depression because of the following:
Getting Separated from Their Owners
Travel (most especially in cars)
Traumatic Loud Noise such as Thunder, sirens or fireworks
Strange People and Animals
As per advice of animal experts, dog owners should not take this seriously. We have this understanding that dogs who misbehave are bad dogs, and are going through a rebellious stage in life. Also try empathizing with your pets. From your point of view, one thing may not be as scary for you. But for them, it is borderline traumatizing. Understanding anxiety means understanding that anxiety isn’t always rational. We can never truly understand how they feel—so who are we to judge them if thunder or isolation scares them?
Most dogs experience anxiety because of traumatic noises- they may be thunder, siren, or firecrackers. Being alone, new dogs, new babies in the family and other factors can depress our dogs. They may show anxiety in different ways, one way or another, these expressions are inconvenient to you. Nevertheless, never blame them for their deeds. Try to sympathize and show your support for them.
You can help your pets by consulting the experts. Visit your veterinarian and ask them about your dog’s case. They can also help determine if there are any medical problems contributing to their behavior. This way, you would be sure that about the health of your beloved pets. They can also help you out in adjusting the environment for your depressed or anxious pet. Once the causes are properly identified, you and your pet’s veterinarian can now work together to identify the source of stress. After this, you can devise a plan to help your dogs with their depression and anxiety.