When your pet is experiencing fear or anxiety, they can show a range of signs, some of which are more intuitive to people than others. Symptoms of pet anxiety can include:
- Bowel movements
- Hiding or escape
- Excessive licking
- Tucked tail
Just as there are many symptoms of pet anxiety, there are also a wide variety of causes, depending on the type of animal, specific situations or environments, and many other factors. Causes of pet anxiety are similar to those in humans and commonly include:
- Separation from human or animal companions
- Fear from a prior experience
- Illness or pain
- Social deprivation
How to Manage Pet Anxiety
It can be incredibly difficult and distressing dealing with pet anxiety. Just as you would with a child, you want to do everything you can to help relieve your fur baby’s pain and ease their minds. If you notice signs of anxiety in your pet, we encourage you to make an appointment with your veterinarian. He or she will be able to rule out causes such as neurological or thyroid problems and can help you get down to the root of the anxiety.
Your vet will offer treatment based on your specific pet, which may include behavior modification or medication. Because every animal is different, it is essential that you see your vet to get individualized treatment.
Contact Petland Overland Park
At Petland Overland Park, we aim to raise happy, healthy pets from the start. Our Pet Counselors are here to help you establish life-enriching habits that will create the best possible environment for your pet. Call us today at (913) 498 9814.