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Little Creek Veterinary Clinic has added two new products to its line-up of natural remedies for anxiety:

Calming Extra comes in a soft chew and is recommended for dogs and cats.

 

 

HomeoPet Anxiety Relief is a liquid and is also recommended for dogs and cats.

 

Pets may experience anxiety related to: 

  • car rides
  • veterinary or grooming visits
  • thunderstorms and fireworks
  • separation from the owner (including boarding)
  • changes in the household or pet’s routine

Natural, plant-based products such as Calming Extra and Anxiety Relief can help your pet relax, without sedative side-effects, and are easy to administer.

Contact Us to learn more about these and other anxiety relief products.

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On Tuesday, we learned about the signs and causes of anxiety in pets. Today, we will focus on treatment methods of anxiety in pets, to reduce the chances that a pet will be relinquished or euthanized due to anxiety-related behavioral problems.

The top reasons for pet relinquishment are:

  • house soiling
  • destruction of property
  • hyperactivity
  • aggression

Dogs and cats can exhibit the behaviors listed above in response to a real or perceived threat. A real threat incites fear, whereas a perceived threat causes anxiety in pets. 

Treatment of anxiety in pets is often a 3-part process:

Avoidance of fear object + behavioral modification and conditioning + anxiolytics

Anxiolytics are medications or supplements used to treat anxiety. They can be synthetic pheromones, pharmaceuticals, or nutritional supplements.

Synthetic pheromones (such as D.A.P. for dogs and Feliway for cats) mimic chemical secretions that animals produce as a way of communicating to themselves and others of their species.
Cats secrete calming pheromones from glands in their face. (By contrast, the pheromones secreted during urine spraying incite aggressive, territorial behavior.)
Dog-calming synthetic pheromones mimic pheromones found in bitches’ milk.

Pharmaceuticals (drugs) target chemicals within the brain to achieve their proper balance, which helps provide mood stability. Unfortunately, drugs can have side effects; also, most anti-anxiety drugs are labeled for human use. Although these medicines have been safely used in pets, they are not pet-specific.

Nutritional supplements use natural ingredients to achieve proper balance in brain chemicals. They do not have the side effects found in pharmaceuticals, and they are prepared and labeled specifically for pets. Zylkene and Solliquin are two pet-specific nutritional supplements used to treat anxiety in pets.

Pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements are available through your pet’s veterinarian.

Coming up in Understanding Anxiety in Pets, Part 3: a closer look at Zylkene and Solliquin and how they work to treat anxiety in pets.

If you suspect that your pet is showing signs of anxiety, Contact Us at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, so we can schedule an appointment to discuss your pet’s behavior today.

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I’ve written about dogs and fear, and now we’ll talk about pets and anxiety.

To start, what is the difference between fear, anxiety, and phobia in pets?
Fear is a natural response to a stimulus that is present or proximal. In other words, the fear object is a “clear and present danger.”
Anxiety is apprehension of an anticipated danger or threat; it is a response to an idea, rather than an object. 
Phobia is an excessive, irrational fear, without presence of a true threat.

Signs of Anxiety in Dogs

  • panting
  • hypersalivation
  • hiding
  • escape behaviors
  • barking 
  • trembling

Typical Causes of Anxiety in Dogs

  • noise (fire alarms, fireworks)
  • thunderstorms
  • separation from owner
  • general anxiety disorders
  • traveling
  • boarding
  • grooming
  • vet visits

Signs of Anxiety in Cats

  • hiding
  • eliminating outside litterbox
  • aggression (hissing, spitting)
  • urine spraying
  • overgrooming / fur pulling
  • recurrent infections

Typical Causes of Anxiety in Cats

  • change (new people, pets, litter, litterbox, food, furniture)
  • illness
  • pain
  • aging
  • confinement
  • noises
  • traveling
  • vet visits

As a result of untreated anxiety disorders or phobias, pets can develop undesirable behaviors. These behaviors can cause the pet owner to consider euthanasia or relinquishment of the animal.

Top Reasons for Pet Relinquishment

  • house soiling
  • destruction of property
  • hyperactivity
  • aggression

What can be done about anxiety in pets? We will discuss options in Part 2 of Understanding Anxiety in Pets. Stay tuned!

If you suspect that your pet is showing signs of anxiety, Contact Us, so we can schedule an appointment to discuss your pet’s behavior today.

Est. 1973

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