Understanding Pet Anxiety and What To Do

 In Pet Care

Like humans, pets experience anxiety. While it isn’t pleasant, it is normal for all pets to go through it from time to time. How the anxiety manifests in your pet will vary for each pet. Like humans, pets are individuals, and how they show that they are afraid will differ significantly. Although all pets experience anxiety, if left unchecked, it can develop into a disorder. Anxiety disorders in pets can lead to behavior problems and other problematic behaviors. Understanding pet anxiety and what you can do about it is important.  This guide will talk about the signs of pet anxiety, what you can do to lessen the anxiety, and why Andes-Straley is the veterinarian you can turn to that will alleviate the anxiety of your pet.

What are the signs of anxiety in your pet?

Various signs can indicate your pet is feeling anxious; these include:

  • Aggression
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Going to the bathroom in the house after being housebroken
  • Restlessness
  • Drooling
  • Panting
  • Pacing
  • Destructive activities
  • Depression
  • Loud noises
  • Change in appetite

What you can do about pet anxiety

If your pet is anxious, the best thing you can do is to talk to your veterinarian. The anxiety may be caused by some underlying medical cause, and the veterinarian can examine your pet and rule that out as the cause. Your veterinarian can also diagnose if your pet is anxious, pinpoint a reason, and develop a treatment plan to help your pet.

How we can help

At Andes-Straley, we understand pet anxiety. We remain dedicated to serving Kingsport-area citizens and their pets by providing high-quality and compassionate veterinary service, a clean and comfortable place for the pets to stay while the owners are away, and grooming services for those who so desire. If you are looking for a Kingsport vet with help understanding pet anxiety, look no further than the office of Andes-Straley!