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Advice From Dr. Lindsey: Helping Dogs Cope With Anxiety

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Authored by: Dr. Lindsey, DVM

According to a recent study in Finland, over 70% of dogs had anxiety type behaviors according to their owners. That’s a lot of anxious dogs! There are many different types of dog anxiety and even more causes of that anxiety. Dog behavioral problems can be complex and difficult to understand. There are many ways to least lessen their anxiety but there is no magic cure-all pill.

Dog’s signs of anxiety can be quite a range. Examples are shaking, hiding, sweating, panting, lip licking, tucking their tail, and many more. Sometimes anxiety or fear can also lead to aggression. Anxiety can lead to destructive behaviors too. I have had clients tell me that their dog knows the way to the veterinary clinic and before they even drive into the parking lot their dog will be anxious.

The best way to help pets with anxiety would be to talk with a behaviorist. Behaviorist will frequently come to the house or wherever the pet is anxious at. Training is the biggest technique to help overcome a dog’s anxiety. Veterinarians may also prescribe medication to use along with the dog’s training process.

Pet Honesty’s Premium Hemp Calming chews help dogs maintain a normal and relaxed disposition during stress-inducing events. They contain ingredients like melatonin, ginger root, and valerian root which promote calmness. There is a whole section dedicated to the Pet Honesty calming products on their website. Ask your veterinarian if the Pet Honesty supplements may be right for your pet.



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Dr. Lindsey graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 and works in general practice, shelter medicine, and more recently as a civilian contractor veterinarian for the Army. She is also certified in acupuncture and resides in Palm Springs, CA.