Like their owners, pets can express fear, anxiety, sadness and other emotions in uncomfortable situations. Sometimes your dog or cat may shake, pace, hide or make noise, but, in more serious situations, there can be signs of aggression.
The animal usually develops these phobias after experiencing a fearful situation. Therefore, it’s up to the owner to help relieve these fears and provide a comfortable solution. The situations causing the most common fears include: loud sounds, strange people or locations, visits to the veterinarian or groomer and anxiety of separation from their owner.
Living with a phobia can be stressful, both for the animal and for the owner. Dealing with the anxiety may take patience and time, but the reaction can be managed. Here are a few successful techniques for relieving fears to discuss with your veterinarian:
- Behavioral modification – Build your pet’s confidence and redirect positive behaviors by teaching new tricks or completing obedience training.
- Increased awareness - pay attention to potential triggers, like fireworks, thunder, or nearby animals, to manage a situation before it develops.
- Drug therapy – some medicines or herbal remedies can be used to reduce stress in your animal.