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Pet Anxiety

Anxiety in Pets

Ways To Lower Anxiety in Your Pet

  Author, Stephanie James for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Pets experience anxiety in varying degrees and with different triggers. In some cases, pets are in a generalized state of anxiety persistently. Luckily, there are ways to alleviate anxiety symptoms in pets without turning to prescription medications that may have undesirable side effects.

 

Causes of Anxiety in Pets

The most common causes of anxiety in pets generally fall into two categories:

 

  • Situational – Includes anxiety related to triggering situations, such as fireworks, thunderstorms, traveling and encountering strangers.
  • Behavioral – Includes generalized phobias, such as separation anxiety (from the owner), as well as a persistent anxiety that seems unrelated to any particular trigger.

 

In addition, pets may experience anxiety related to illness or injury that causes pain, severe allergies, and underlying diseases or toxic conditions.

 

Symptoms of Anxiety in Pets

Anxiety can manifest for your pet in various ways, with some symptoms being easily connected and others being not so obviously related.

  • Trembling
  • Panting
  • Whimpering
  • Urinating or defecating indoors or outside of litter box
  • Pacing
  • Excessive licking of lips
  • Listlessness
  • Loss of appetite

These symptoms indicate that your pet is under a lot of stress and needs some sort of intervention or treatment to feel more at ease.

 

How to Relieve Anxiety in Your Pet

 

Avoid or Reduce Triggers

In the case of situational anxiety, you can usually anticipate triggers.  Try to avoid these triggers. If unavoidable, such as a thunderstorm or fireworks, provide comfort to your pet. Try to not leave your pet alone under these circumstances, as this will feed the anxiety. It’s impossible to avoid triggers for behavioral anxiety, such as leaving for work or underlying disease. This type of anxiety requires treatment that relieves anxiety in general.

 

Sleep with Your Pet

Sleeping with your pet works as a natural sleep aid due to the release of oxytocin and serotonin that occurs when you cuddle up to your pet. In addition, snuggling with your pet lowers the stress hormone cortisol, which is a stimulating chemical that is produced when someone is in “fight or flight” mode.

 

Take Long Walks

Taking long walks or running with your pet not only helps you both stay fit physically, but research has shown that exercise is important for mental health as well. According to a study from The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, “Aerobic exercises, including jogging, swimming, cycling, walking, gardening, and dancing, have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression.”

 

Consider CBD

CBD stands for cannabidiol.  It is also known as a cannabinoid, a compound naturally produced by the body in the endocannabinoid system. CBD connects with receptors within this system to provide a calming effect. You can put CBD on your pet’s food or give it to them in dog treats.

 

Simulate Hugs and Cuddling

There are products you can buy to simulate being hugged or cuddled.  This stimulates the same “feel good” chemicals released in the body when actually being touched by a loved one. Two such products are the ThunderShirt, which your pet can wear anytime, and weighted blankets that you can lay over your pet as they rest or sleep.

 

Invest in Smart Technology

From monitoring your pet’s activity to dispensing treats, smart technology can make things, like calming your pet, happen when you’re not even home. The iCalmDog portable speaker, for example, plays soothing, anti-stress music for four hours at a time. Set it in the morning before going to work, and again when you come home for a walk with your dog.

 

Consult a Trainer

If all else fails, or maybe when you first notice signs of anxiety in your pet, consult a trainer. It is sometimes possible to help train a pet out of the reaction they have to their various triggers. The technique used is known as desensitization, which involves gradually introducing an anxiety-inducing trigger and offering rewards along the way. However, this process takes a lot of work and time, and it can end up being very expensive.

 

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Author, Stephanie James is a special contributor for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Traveling With Your Pet

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Traveling Worry-Free with Your Dog

Author, Nick Burton for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Traveling with your pet can be fun!  Taking your dog along on a trip can really enhance your vacation experience. Your dog will help you feel safe and comforted in unfamiliar places, and you won’t have to endure the stress and anxiety of leaving your beloved pet with someone else while you’re away. Fortunately, traveling with a dog is not as difficult as you may think. Careful planning will ensure that your trip is enjoyable for everyone — your furry friend included!

 

Purchase Quality Travel Supplies

 

Before heading off on your adventure, stock up on a few travel-friendly pet supplies. Some essential items include collapsible food and water bowls, a packable pet bed, a quality leash, and a pack of on-the-go pet waste bags. Just be sure to do your research before buying your supplies. Pet product review websites, like Pup Life Today, will help you find affordable, high-quality products that will withstand a long trip. While you’re at it, consider grabbing some new dog toys to keep your pet happy on long travel days.

 

Consider CBD Oil for Relieving Pet Anxiety

 

Dogs tend to get anxious during travel, particularly on long flights and car rides. Some vets prescribe anti-anxiety medication for this problem. However, these medications can cause several problematic side effects that may increase your pet’s discomfort and make travel more challenging. Instead, consider giving your dog natural CBD oil. Many pet owners discover that CBD oil helps dogs relax during stressful situations. If you’re interested, check out this CBD oil buyer’s guide for a breakdown of the top CBD oils of 2019. It’s important to do your research to ensure you’re purchasing CBD oil from a reputable distributor. Of course, talk to your vet before giving your dog CBD oil or any other supplements.

 

Research Pet-Friendly Destinations

 

Cities that are overly hot or crowded can make dogs stressed and uncomfortable. When planning your trip, be sure to search for dog-friendly vacation destinations. National parks, beaches, and countrysides are wonderful options. There are several picturesque, pet-friendly beaches in the United States where your dog can splash around while you soak up the sun. If you’re aiming for more of an urban vacation, check out these pet-friendly cities — these locations boast plenty of dog parks, natural walking areas, and accommodating public transit. Wherever you go, your dog will love exploring these new areas just as much as you do!

 

When it comes to booking accommodation, use booking sites to narrow your selection down to hotels that allow pets. Remember to include pet fees in your accommodation budget. Also, always read through the hotel’s pet policy before booking! Some hotel policies do not allow you to leave your dog in the room alone, so be sure to plan accordingly. Look for pet-friendly hotels with dog sitters or walkers for hire — this will allow you to visit restaurants, museums, and other tourist attractions that don’t allow pets.

 

Choose Flights with Your Dog in Mind

 

It’s important to keep your dog in mind while selecting flights for your trip. If you want to keep your dog out of the cargo hold, fly with an airline that allows pets in the cabin. You can review a breakdown of airline pet policies on Petful. Also, consider booking a direct flight to your destination. Although a nonstop flight may be a little more expensive, it will keep your pet’s stress levels to a minimum. If you must book a flight with a layover, make sure you’re sticking with the same airline for the duration of your trip, as many airline companies will not move pets to another company’s plane.

 

Don’t Buy Emotional Support Animal Certificates

 

There are several websites falsely claiming to certify dogs as emotional support animals so owners can get around certain airline pet policies. Avoid these at all costs. Airlines ask for official documentation — like a letter from your doctor — before allowing an emotional support animal on board. Many airlines further require proof that you have been diagnosed with a mental or emotional disability. Also, your emotional support animal must be able to fit on your lap or under the seat in front of you during the flight.

 

Pack Your Veterinarian Records

 

Some airlines require that pets are up to date on certain vaccinations, so bring your veterinarian records along. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, these vet records should include details about your pet’s pre-existing conditions, medications, proof of vaccinations, and a certificate of veterinary inspection. Some airlines also require an acclimation certificate for pets traveling in cargo.

 

Limit Food and Water Before Your Trip

 

To prevent bathroom accidents and motion sickness during long flights or car rides, limit your pet’s food and water before leaving. Allow them to take a few sips of water every hour so they stay hydrated. Fortunately, many airports have special areas for pets to relieve themselves before a long flight, so be sure to take advantage of these. When it comes to food, a large meal right before your trip may cause your dog to get nauseous. Instead, give your dog a half portion at their regular meal time and offer the rest of their food over the duration of the trip. You can even use this leftover food to reward your dog for good travel behavior!

 

Having your dog accompany you on a trip will give you an entirely new perspective on travel. Your dog will keep your company, help you meet new people, and encourage you to explore dog-friendly areas you may not have seen otherwise. Prepare ahead so you can avoid any mishaps on your adventure. The benefits of traveling with your dog outweigh this extra planning!

 

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Nick Burton is a special contributor for Pet Articles to Professional Pet Sitting Etc

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

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Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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