Have you ever noticed your dog with their tail always tucked between their tail and they can’t seem to settle? Or maybe your furbaby seems to like hanging out more in the other room or into a hiding place often? If so, then your dog may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.

Just like humans, dogs can experience anxiety too. Although this is an unpleasant experience, it is normal for dogs to have this and a healthy emotion that can easily be coped up with. Dog anxiety can affect all breeds but can have different manifestations on each dog. However, it is important to contain your dog’s anxiety as disproportionate levels can develop into an anxiety disorder. If left untreated, dog anxiety can lead to more serious behavioral problems and other health issues.

Pet parents need to know the early signs of anxiety to have all the knowledge you need as an owner to help. Let’s list down all the typical causes of anxiety that your dog may encounter during its lifetime.

  1. Generalized Anxiety

Generalized anxiety is very common and is typically unrecognizable. Mainly because the symptoms are subtle and don’t seem abnormal. There are instances that common characteristics of a breed when, in fact, is not necessarily a normal behavior.

Dog breeds that are prone to general anxiety:

  • German & Australian Shepherd
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Vizsla
  • Border Collie
  • Shorthair Pointer
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Bichon Frise
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Greyhounds
  • Havanese
  1. Fear-Related Anxiety

When dogs experience constant fear, it can result in anxiety. Fear-related anxiety can be caused by a variety of factors such as:

  • loud noises
  • new people or animals
  • new or strange environments
  • specific situations such as the vet’s office or car rides
  • Unusual surfaces like grass or wood floors
  1. Separation Anxiety

Now that most employees are going back to the office after months of work-from-home setup, many pets are expected to experience separation anxiety as well. Dogs with separation anxiety are unable to seek comfort when they are left at home alone or if they are separated from their pet parents for quite some time.

Separation anxiety is often exhibited with unwanted behaviors, such as destroying furniture and furnishings, urinating and defecating in improper areas of the house, and constant barking.

  1. Illness-induced Anxiety

Some illnesses and diseases can cause anxiety in dogs. Illness-induced anxiety typically comes on suddenly to dogs that are not normally anxious. The following are the common illnesses that can exhibit anxiety.

  • Hypothyroidism – Typhoid glands produce thyroxine that all mammal’s bodies require and if it fails to manufacture enough, it can lead to hypothyroidism and anxiety.
  • Thyrotoxicosis – Also called Grave’s Disease, thyrotoxicosis is a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland
  • Encephalitis – Inflammation and swelling of the brain tissue can result in anxiety behavior, aggression, seizures, clumsy gait, and worse, coma.
  • Pre-diabetes – It may result in anxiety, weight gain, excessive thirst, or appearance of cataracts,
  • Hearing or vision loss – Dogs without the sense of hearing or vision can become startled easily, making them anxious about their unknown surrounding
  1. Age-related Anxiety

When dogs reach their senior years, they can suffer from cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS). Dogs with CDS will experience a declining memory, learning, perception, and awareness, which is very similar to the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease in humans. This can lead to confusion and anxiety in senior dogs.

Walk Your Dog Safely With a Harness!

Although dogs seem to love taking a walk outdoors, this activity can also lead to anxiety. With a new environment and new situation every time you take a walk, it is essential to prepare for the best and keep your furbaby under control. Contain your furbaby’s fear when walking in the park with this all-around reinforced harness!

All pet parents are aware that when walking a hyperactive dog around the neighborhood, they may get too anxious and when they are wearing an inappropriately sized leash, they may slip right out of it and run away out of fear!. This is extremely dangerous and nerve-wracking!

Thanks to harnesses, bid goodbye to this nightmare again! This harness is perfect for anxious furballs who love to run around during walks. The nylon fabric is comfortably wrapped around your dog’s front legs, chest, and neck. The fabric material will not cause any reaction to your pet’s skin even after years of use.

Attaching the leash is as easy as pie thanks to the included D-ring. It is made from reinforced aluminum so even strong, big dogs will not be able to run away from your leash. It is made from adjustable fabric to accommodate many sizes of pets.

To ensure that the measurement is comfortable for your pet, slide two of your fingers beneath the harness, and if it slides comfortably, then it is the perfect fit. If you can put more fingers or just one finger, it may be too loose or too tight.

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