Thursday, March 26, 2020

What to do if your dog has anxiety

What a relief to talk about anxiety that's not human right now, am I right? This one is coming at you from Maggie Hammond, freelance writer and proud momma to two little people, with one too many furry friends. Passionate about alternative medicine, the great outdoors and animal welfare.

Anxiety in dogs can be distressing for both dogs and their owners, and owners can sometimes feel helpless to support the needs of their dog when they are suffering from stress or separation anxiety. However, in order to improve your pooch’s health and to help them to calm down, here is a guide to de-stressing your anxious dog.

1.    Visit the Vet

Visiting a vet is the first step that you should take, as this will allow you to discuss your pet’s individual situation and symptoms with a professional. They will be able to officially diagnose the condition and discuss potential treatment options going forward. The treatment options that your vet may offer you in the long term include solutions such as medications, herbal remedies, or animal behavior therapy to rewrite your animal’s triggers and to help to realign their negative associations with certain situations.

2.    Give Them CBD Treats

In the short term, giving your pet CBD treats can be very effective in helping to soothe their anxiety, especially if their stress has been triggered by events such as fireworks or moving house. These treats can help your dog to feel as if they are being praised, while also containing ingredients that can calm your dog down in a natural manner. CBD treats are completely safe for your dog to eat, and CeeBeeDoo offers a range of treats that can help your dog to get back on their feet in no time at all.

3.    Change Your Routine

Establishing a routine can be beneficial to your dog. This will help them to know what to expect in terms of their food and exercise time, and bedtime routines for dogs can also encourage improved sleep patterns. However, it is important to note that your routine could be the cause of their anxiety, such as knowing when you are going to be leaving the house. If this is the case, it is important to change your routine in order to reduce the number of triggers that you are performing, such as avoiding fussing your dog before you leave for work.

4.    Hire Doggy Daycare

If you are struggling to leave the house due to your dog’s anxiety, you should consider hiring a doggy daycare service that can stay with your pooch while you are out of the house. Not only can they provide a constantly comforting presence for your dog, but they can give your animal the food, petting, and affection that they need in order to help them to relax.

5.    Exercise Your Dog

Exercise can do wonders for the mental health of both you and your dog. Exercise can help your dog to release pent up energy and play. It can even work as a distraction for your pooch from the factors that are causing them to have anxiety in the first place. You should try to exercise your dog when they are displaying signs of boredom, or just before you leave the house, as this can help to encourage them to sleep while you are gone.

6.    Use a Weighted Blanket

Weighted blankets can provide extreme comfort to anxious dogs by helping them to sleep better and calm down under pressure. Weighted blankets mimic the feeling of physical contact for dogs, which can release mood-boosting hormones that can allow them to feel calmer, even under stressful situations.


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