Do you have an anxious pet? Is your pet trying to tell you something but you aren’t sure the signs? Anxiety doesn’t only occur in humans but can also be recognized in cats and dogs as well. How can I tell if my dog is showing symptoms of stress or anxiety?
Some signs in dogs include but are not limited to:
- Excessive panting
- Excessive Barking
- Licking paws raw
- Destructive behaviour (chewing walls, furniture, blankets, shoes, etc…)
- In the worst cases, anxiety can even lead to aggression.
Signs in cats include but are not limited to:
- Excessive grooming (until fur is getting rubbed off)
- Excessive vocalizing
- Decreased eating/drinking
The cause for anxiety is unknown and though you may feel your dog is acting out with destructive behaviours and requires punishment but this can be an inappropriate response. Punishment can worsen the anxiety behaviour and cause more stress to the pet.
If you feel your dog or cat is dealing with stress or anxiety and it is impacting their daily routine please give us a call at 905-855-2100, for helpful anti-anxiety products and to book a behaviour consult with Dr. Mudrick who has over 30 years of experience in pet behaviour! We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays!
Written by Brooke, Client Care Representative