Like humans, pets can develop anxiety.
As the world begins to open up from the pandemic, many pet parents are changing their daily routines and leaving the house for work or school, which can lead to anxious behavior in pets.
Here’s what you need to know about identifying and helping your pets cope with anxiety.
From general health questions to urgent concerns, use the Petzey app to talk or video chat with a licensed vet professional to get answers in minutes. If a trip to the vet clinic or hospital is needed, we’ll help find ones near you.
Types of anxiety include:
- Separation from their pet parents: Pets like being with you and may feel abandoned when you leave them. This will likely become an increasing concern as we begin to open up from the pandemic and physically go back to work and school.
- Changes in location: Pets may become anxious in a new home or even a temporary location like a boarding facility. Triggered memories of being abused before entering a shelter may also occur.
- Illness: Health issues such as vision or hearing loss, endocrine disease such as thyroid, diabetes, etc. can cause pain and thus anxiety for your pet.
- Storms: Many pets become uncomfortable and restless with barometric pressure changes, lightning, etc.
- Loud noises: Many pets are terrified by startling noises like fireworks and thunder.
Signs of anxiety:
When pets develop anxiety, many will show behavior changes and become destructive, hide, cry, howl or vocalize excessively, inappropriate elimination, aggressively fear bite, etc.
Many available calming products, which may help with all types of anxiety, can and should be recommended by a veterinary professional. Any unusual behavior changes in your pet could indicate an underlying medical condition and should warrant a veterinary professional consultation.
If you have questions about pet anxiety, use Petzey to talk or video chat with a licensed vet professional to discuss signs and treatment. In the event a trip to the vet is needed, we’ll help you get prepared and find a clinic near you.
This information is offered for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace traditional veterinary medical advice or create a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. You should not change your pet’s care or treatment on the basis of this information. If you think your pet requires emergency assistance, you should take your pet to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital.