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There are many different factors that can result in an anxious or stressed-out dog. As a pet owner, it can be heartbreaking to see your beloved pooch in distress.

Look for the Signs

Anxious and stressed canines tend to tremble, pant, pace, and may even run and hide. If a dog is wide-eyed or its tail is tucked between the legs with ears back and down, this is another sign. Nervous pups can also whine, bark, get diarrhea, not want to eat, and engage in destructive behaviors such as excessive chewing, scratching, and licking.

Causes of Stress

Your furry friend may be averse to loud sounds such as thunder, fireworks, or noise from a garbage truck coming down the street. Strangers, other animals, or your mail being delivered may be the cause. Some dogs develop an unhealthy attachment to their primary guardian, such that when that person leaves the house, the poor pooch suffers from separation anxiety. For some dogs, sudden changes in schedule or the environment can be an issue. In seniors, the onset of canine cognitive dysfunction (aka doggie dementia) can cause apprehension and restlessness. Genetics can also play a role in the development of anxiety, and prior experiences with trauma or stressful stimuli can also worsen nervous tendencies.

How to Calm Anxiety

Many dogs who regularly experience anxiety, stress, and anxiety need to go through behavior modification to help mitigate their clinical symptoms. Part of this involves training techniques such as classical conditioning and desensitization. In cases where there is severe angst, there are several options:

  1. Your veterinarian can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication such as fluoxetine or clomipramine.
  2. If you’d prefer to use a natural product versus a pharmaceutical one, consider CBD (cannabidiol). This is a chemical compound that is found in the cannabis plant that works on the endocannabinoid system. It is safe to use for dogs, and it helps them relax. Luxury Pet Grooming offers CBD for anxiety and pain right in our Boutique.
  3. Therapeutic herbs such as California Poppy, Skullcap, Lamiaceae, Passionflower, Valerian Root, and oats can help keep your dog calm.
  4. There are also supplements and treats that can provide relief.

As it turns out, our four-legged friends are just as susceptible to anxiety and stress as people are. Fortunately, recognizing and managing them can ensure you give your dog the best care possible.