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Dealing With Dog Anxiety

Anxiety is a serious mental health issue that should be addressed and taken seriously. Anyone with anxiety could suffer for a long period of time without anybody else beside them to help them out.

Sadly, the man’s best friend who gives us happiness is not exempt from anxiety. Yes, our beloved dogs can also suffer from anxiety. To make matters worse, dogs aren’t even capable of voicing out how they feel.

Therefore, you have to rely on your own judgment and be very observant to be able to spot any signs of anxiety in your dogs.

Dogs get anxiety due to a variety of reasons. It could be because of a traumatic experience for them in the past, it can be a result of separation, it may be because of old age, or an effect of an illness.

Traumatic Experience

Some of the traumatic experiences that can trigger anxiety in dogs is being abandoned by its owner in the past, or any exposure to abuse before.

Separation

Many (if not all) dogs feel down after being left alone, even just for a few hours. Around 14% of dog population suffers from separation anxiety. If they are going to be left alone for the first time at a dog kennel or in a dog boarding environment, it may be a good idea to take them to doggy daycare a few times first to see how they will do in that type of environment. Some dogs don’t do well with other dogs and these types may do better with a pet sitter coming to stay with them rather than them going to a place where there is a potential for lots of noise and scary dogs. 

Old Age

As dogs grow older, their behavior might change. They could easily get anxious. Loud noises, confinement, and thunder are just some of the most common things that can trigger anxiety in dogs with old age.

Effect of an Illness

Just like in humans, diseases such as thyroid problems can trigger anxiety in dogs.

Signs of Anxiety

Signs of anxiety in dogs can include the following symptoms:

Aggressive behavior

Restlessness

Being destructive

Trembling

Loss of appetite

Lack of energy or expressing disinterest in any activity

Too much barking or crying

What To Do If Your Dog Has Anxiety

Taking your dog to the vet for a professional check up will help you understand a lot about your dog’s anxiety. The vet could prescribe anti-anxiety meds for your dog – depending on the severity of the case.

You can also undergo some training with your dog so you can learn how to provide proper care and comfort to your dog during episodes of anxiety. Your dog undergoing some training with other dogs can also help them socialize, which might help in reducing stress and anxiety.

Taking Care of Your Dog’s Teeth

Our pet dogs eat and drink everyday, and, just like us humans, dogs are not immune to plaque and tartar buildup.

And, having a poor dental hygiene for dogs won’t only result in gum disease and bad breath. Sadly, for extreme cases, heart disease and and diabetes might result from poor dental hygiene in canines.

To prevent any major issues in your dog’s teeth and gums, you have to make sure that you take good care of their teeth – just as you take good care of your own teeth.

Brushing your dog’s teeth at least once a day is important if you want to keep its gums and teeth strong and healthy.

Brushing your pet’s teeth will surely be challenging at first, and that is understandable. This is why it is important to instill tooth brushing into your dog’s daily routine while your pet’s still a puppy. This way, your dog will get used to the sensation of having their teeth brushed every day.

In brushing your dog’s teeth, though, NEVER use human toothpaste brands and only use dog toothpastes. Toothpaste for people can cause major health risks for your pet.

Additionally, you have to be patient and give your pet time to get used to brushing – this could take a while.

Taking your dog to the vet for a dental check up every six months will help detect early signs of teeth and gum problems.

Even when you don’t suspect your dog to be suffering from any type of gum or tooth problem, going for a routine dental check-up is still necessary. This will ensure that your dog’s teeth is in good condition.

Specially-designed chew toys can strengthen your dog’s teeth.

Some chew toys made for dogs are specially made to keep dogs’ teeth clean and strong. Dental dog chews are also a popular choice among countless dog owners for their pets.

Signs That Your Cat Might Be Sick

Having a pet cat is simply one of the best experiences anyone can have. Cats are gentle, quiet, and calm, that they can definitely create a serene, loving atmosphere around the house.

If you want a calmer, more tranquil companion around your home, chances are you will appreciate living with a cat more than you would like living with a dog.

While it’s a good thing that cats are quiet, our feline friend’s quietness can be a problem sometimes, especially when our pet is under some illness or pain.

Although it’s true that neither dog nor cats can speak, since dogs are considerably more energetic and expressive than cats, it will be easier to notice a dog that’s not feeling well than a cat that’s sick.

Therefore, if you have a pet cat, you have to be more attentive to their actions to be able to detect as soon as your cat experiences some health issues.

Some of the signs that your cat is sick include the following:

Excessive thirst – It is perfectly normal for your cat to drink every few hours, but if you notice that the frequency of your cat drinking from their bowl has significantly increased, it could be a warning sign that something’s wrong. This could be a sign of dehydration or bladder or kidney problems.

Diarrhea – If you notice that your cat’s stool is watery and loose, this could be a symptom of sickness. Bring your cat to the vet before the simple diarrhea becomes something more serious, such as severe dehydration.

Lack of energy – Cats love to just sit and relax all day, but if you’ve known your pet for a long time, you will definitely notice if there’s a big change in their behavior, like being unenergetic. If your cat seems to be hiding in a corner, isn’t as active as it used to be, or seem to be sleeping for an entire day, it can be a sign that it is not feeling well.