Anxiety Symptoms in Dogs

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Symptoms of anxiety in dogs can include destructive behavior, urinating or defecating indoors, diarrhea and vomiting, and these symptoms can be caused by a storm, a phobia or by separation from their owners. Identify the symptoms of anxiety, which can be treated through behavioral modification, with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet health.

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Let's talk about anxiety symptoms in dogs. Now anxiety is very, very, a very strong reflex in dogs. There are multiple types of anxiety. A storm anxiety, separation anxiety which is probably one of the worst we see, sometimes some of the hardest ones to control. So there are multiple different types of anxiety in dogs. Those symptoms generally are going to be destructive in a lot of dogs. They're going to tear up things when owners are away, tear up their crate or cage. They can tear up their toys excessively. You can also see other symptoms like urinating or defecating when the owners are gone, or when a storm is coming. So there are multiple different symptoms that can be going on. And this creates a lot of problems for the owners, and a lot of problems for the dogs as well. Anxiety can also cause diarrhea and vomiting, and basically causing so much stress that the G.I. system reacts negatively as well. So, anxiety can be very serious. So, if you, if your dog has some sort of anxiety disorder like storm phobias, loud noise phobias, and separation anxiety especially, then talk to your veterinary clinic. They are behaviorists as well, that can work you through these things. There are some medications that might help dogs with separation anxiety and other types of anxiety. But again, that's something that your veterinarian has to diagnose, and discuss that with you first. Medications are never a substitute for behavioral modification and behavioral consultation. Now, dogs that have severe storm anxieties, or lightening anxieties, benefit sometimes from a short term sedative, such as Acepromezene, and this can be given when you know that there's a storm coming. Also, another very common anxiety is travel anxiety, or car anxieties when they're traveling, and so a sedative like this can work very well. And so check with your clinic first to find out if any of these things are appropriate, and what behavioral modifications, or environmental modifications you can do, to help the pet out.

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