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May 1st to May 7th marks the start of dog anxiety awareness week! For those who don’t know, this is an annual event that aims to educate people on how common and serious dog anxiety can be. It’s also meant to help owners learn more about dog anxiety so that they can better understand their pets and what they need in order to thrive.
Read on as a local vet talks about dog anxiety and signs to watch for.
Dog anxiety is a common and complex condition that can make a dog’s life miserable, and the owner’s too! It can be caused by a combination of factors, but most often it traces back to an early experience with stress. Many dogs may also develop fears or anxieties as they mature that stem from stressful experiences they’ve had in the past.
If left untreated, dog anxiety can lead to serious health issues including:
If you notice that your dog is experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s important to take him to see a veterinarian:
If your dog is showing signs of anxiety, it’s important to get him help as soon as possible. You can start by talking to your vet and learning more about your options for treatment.
If you have more questions or wish to schedule your pooch for a wellness checkup, please feel free to call us anytime!