How to help a dog or cat with anxiety
Pet anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes, from fears like loud bangs from fireworks, travelling in a car, being left alone, trips to the vet and dog groomer.
So how can you help them overcome their fears?
Helping your pet with anxiety is a combination of short-term practical tips for keeping your pet calm, and a long-term plan to address the causes. Here are our tips for both.
Short term: Practical tips to help a pet with anxiety
Try to avoid whatever upsets them…this is never easy but worth a go!
Use food or a game as a distraction.
Try calming your voice and calming music.
cuddle your pet! physical contact helps to ease anxiety.
exercise it out, let your pooch run off the stress! or let your cat chase a cat toy.
TRY A CALMING SUPPLEMENT – Add JUST CHILLIN from Animal Herbology to your pets food or a treat. These easy to administer drops help your pet cope with stress making them feel calmer and happier. The good news is that whilst your pet is taking our superior drops, they become more receptive to behaviour enhancing techniques. A confident pet is a happy pet!
Long term approach to reduce pet anxiety
Spot what’s scary
If you know a trip to the vet or dog groomer is coming up add drops to food to ease away their fears.
You’ve identified your pets ‘triggers’ – now what should you do? Steer clear of them! If possible, change your routine so your pet doesn’t come into contact with whatever they find scary. This will stop their reactions escalating while you identify the next steps to take with some expert support.
Talk to the experts
Some of the signs of pet anxiety can also be indicators that something’s not right physically. A quick trip to the vets will rule out anything medical – and can be a great place to start when it comes to tracking down a good behaviourist in your area.
When it comes to working with fearful or anxious dogs, we always recommend working with a fully certified behaviourist. Always check to see they’re on the register of ASAB Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourists (CCABs). This ensures they’re an expert and are up-to-date with the latest information and techniques.