Pets suffer from anxiety, but unlike their human companions, they cannot verbalise what is causing their discomfort.
Instead, they communicate their distress through signs of nervousness and fear by their behaviour. When a pet is labelled as having a behaviour problem, it may be the animal is reacting to something he does not understand or perceives might be a threat. Knowing the signs and possible causes of anxiety can help you to ease your pet’s distress.
10 Signs of Pet Anxiety
- Excessive barking or meowing, whining, yelping, crying
- Pacing, panting, restlessness or running around
- Cowering, trembling, shaking
- Excessive vigilance with exaggerated startle response
- Hiding under furniture, in the bathroom or freezing to the spot
- Seeking comfort from owner/guardian
- Drooling, vomiting
- Inappropriate urination or defecation
- Destructive chewing
- Running away
Some Causes of Anxiety
Leaving your pet home alone, boarding/kennelling, veterinarian or groomer visits, new animals or visitors to the home are some of the many causes of anxiety in pets.
How to Alleviate Distress
There are no drugs approved for most such conditions in pets, and even in cases where drugs have been registered, there is concern about side effects, particularly heavy sedation. A growing area of pet care involves alternative medicine remedies, including homeopathy.
The leading producer of such remedies, HomeoPet, is a long established maker of veterinary homeopathic remedies that are targeted to reducing or eliminating a pet’s anxieties. HomeoPet’s Anxiety is a Veterinarian-formulated non-sedating and non-chemical product that can either be used on its own or in combination with other approaches, such as counter conditioning and desensitisation.