Dog Anxiety & Cat Anxiety
Unfortunately, pets get anxiety too! Thunderstorms, fireworks, going to the vet, riding in the car, door bells ringing, strangers and being left alone can all trigger dog anxiety and cat anxiety.
A seemingly normal calm animal can become an anxious animal after being exposed to a traumatic event such as abuse or exposure to daily stress like being left alone for long hours in a confined environment.
Did you know that an animal is very attuned to their owners emotions and when their owner is stressed they can become stressed too?
Signs of Dog Anxiety & Cat Anxiety
- Hiding – Does you dog or cat run and hide during thunderstorms, when the doorbell rings, a stranger approaches or from the sound of fireworks? Hiding is a common reaction to fear.
- Shaking & panting – If your pet shakes and pants during thunderstorms or fireworks they are probably experiencing dog anxiety or cat anxiety.
- Chewing & Licking – Just like a nervous person chews on his/her nails, an anxious pet may chew on furniture or lick their paws during a stressful event.
- Seeking Comfort – During a thunderstorm or fireworks, your dog or cat may come to you for comfort.
- Urinating or Defecating – When your pet is extremely anxious or scared they may urinate on the floor or in other inappropriate places.
Tips on How to Relieve Dog Anxiety & Cat Anxiety
- Be consistent with the way you and your family react to your dog’s anxiety and your cat’s anxiety. Everyone needs to follow the same routine otherwise the pet will become confused.
- Do not give your pet a different type of attention during a frightening episode this will only encourage the anxious behavior.
- Never react to your pet’s anxiety and fear with anger. This will only result in adding more stress to your pet.
- If you’re anxious or afraid, your pet will pick up on your fear and this may make your pet more afraid too. Learn how to calm yourself or leave your pet with someone else during a foreseen stressful event.
- During the fireworks or thunderstorm turn up the TV or the radio to drown out the noises. Provide a soft, cozy little area for your pet like a comfortable bed in a quite room that your pet can go to hide when they are scared.
- Begin taking your pet on car rides, as well as acclimating him/her to loud noises, strangers, and children at an early age.
- Make sure your pet gets a healthy diet and daily exercise. Exercise is essential in keeping your pet healthy and fit. Without exercise, your pet can become frustrated from boredom and act out through unwanted behaviors. Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise on the day you know they’ll face a stressful event.
- Some pets respond well to a pressure wrap. The gentle pressure of the wrap can help your pet feel more secure and less fearful. Wrap your pet right away if you know a storm is coming. This will help calm your pet before its fear increases and triggers unwanted behaviors.
- Try using Appeasement pheromone natural products. They mimic the natural chemical signals in your pet that help them remain calm. These natural products come in the form of disposable collars, sprays and diffusers.
- If your dog’s anxiety and cat’s anxiety is affecting his/her quality of life, you should consider consulting with an animal behaviorist. An animal behaviorist can help you modify your pet’s behavior.
Another approach to helping your pet calm down during periods of dog anxiety and cat anxiety is through the use of natural holistic homeopathic remedies.
These homeopathic remedies reduce separation anxiety and fear during stressful situations and everyday disturbances.
The Natural Herbs for Dog Anxiety & Cat Anxiety I Suggest Are:
- Lavender – Massage lavender oil on the pads of your dog’s feet to calm your dog’s anxiety. It will be absorbed quickly into their system and it will not harm them if they lick their paws. You can also use a Lavender spray in their bedding.
- Valerian – Valerian root is one of the most calming herbals for pets. Use the supplement developed for pets and give it to your pet hour or two before a stressful event.
- Flower Essences– These natural herbs can be used in many different ways to calm dog anxiety and cat anxiety. You can add it to your pets water or even in its mouth. You can massage it into your pets fur or you can spray it on your pet’s bed or spray it on a bandana and place it around your dog’s neck.
- Ashwagandha – This calming natural herb can help pets adapt to stressful situations. It can be given in your pet’s food everyday.
- Catnip – This calming herb is also good for dog anxiety. It is a great option because you can grow your own as well as purchase it in a store.
Dog Anxiety & Cat Anxiety
The natural supplements & homeopathic remedies displayed below are excellent for dog anxiety and cat anxiety during separation, thunderstorms, and competitive events.
Bach Rescue Remedyis a great product! People come into my husband’s store all the time asking for Rescue Remedy. They say that when their dog is left alone at home, it works wonders on their dog’s anxiety.
Have you heard of the ThunderShirt? This shirt comfortably surrounds your pet providing pressure which relieves your dog’s anxiety. Try the pressure shirt displayed below next time your dog travels or is exposed to fireworks or a thunderstorm.
If you’re considering any herbal supplement as a treatment for dog anxiety or cat anxiety, talk to your veterinarian first, especially if your pet is taking other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects.
If your dog’s anxiety or your cat’s anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your veterinarian. More serious forms of dog anxiety and cat anxiety may need medical treatment or behavioral modification therapy for symptoms to improve.