Pet Anxiety FAQs

Pet anxiety is a common concern among pet owners, affecting animals of all breeds and ages. Pets can experience pet anxiety from past trauma, genetics, or lack of socialization. Before visiting Lakeville Animal Hospital in Lakeville, MA, take a look at some frequently asked questions about pet anxiety below:

Pet Anxiety FAQS

What is Pet Anxiety?

Pet anxiety refers to the stress, fear, or nervousness experienced by pets in response to certain triggers or situations. This can manifest in various ways, including excessive barking, destructive behavior, trembling, hiding, or withdrawal. Just like humans, pets can experience anxiety due to a range of factors, including changes in their environment, separation from their owners, or unfamiliar situations.

What Causes Pet Anxiety?

There are several factors that can contribute to pet anxiety. These may include past traumatic experiences, changes in routine, medical conditions, or genetic predispositions. Common triggers for pet anxiety include thunderstorms, fireworks, visits to the veterinarian, or being left alone for extended periods.

How Can Pet Anxiety Be Diagnosed?

Diagnosing pet anxiety can sometimes be challenging since animals cannot communicate their feelings verbally. However, our veterinarians can recognize the signs of anxiety in pets through observation and by discussing the pet’s behavior with the owner. It's essential for pet owners to provide detailed information about their cat or dog’s behavior and any triggers that seem to cause distress.

What Are the Treatments for Pet Anxiety?

There are various treatments available to help alleviate pet anxiety and improve your furry friend’s quality of life. Our vets may recommend behavioral modification techniques, such as desensitization and counterconditioning, which aim to change the pet's response to anxiety triggers. Additionally, medication may be prescribed in severe cases to help manage symptoms. Other approaches, such as pheromone therapy, acupuncture, or calming supplements, can also be effective in reducing pet anxiety.

How Can Pet Owners Help Their Anxious Pets?

Pet owners play a crucial role in helping their anxious pets cope with stress. Providing a safe and predictable environment, establishing a consistent routine, and offering plenty of exercise and mental stimulation can all help reduce anxiety levels. Along with that, using tools such as anxiety wraps or creating a comfortable retreat for the pet to utilize during stressful situations can provide comfort and security.

Contact Us for an Appointment Today!

If you suspect that your pet is struggling with anxiety, contact Lakeville Animal Hospital in Lakeville, MA, at (508) 947-1309 today. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for pets, including the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders. When you need a veterinarian near me, our team looks forward to assisting you!

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  • "I'm so pleased with the experience I had at lakeville animal hospital. I am traveling with my dog from northern Maine to visit family and my dog had been sick for 3 days. She couldn't keep any food or water down. Long story short I called lakeville animal hospital and they were able to squeeze Aspen in later on in the day. Turns out the reason Aspen had been sick was that she had atleast one blockage in her intestines. They immediately sent us to a 24 hour emergency vet in Swansea for a surgery. Aspen is now out of surgery with 2 incisions in her intestines and 1 in her stomach. Being a long way from home with a sick puppy is not fun and is quite stressful. But I'm thankful the crew at lakeville animal hospital was able to see her so soon, take X-rays, give her a diagnosis, and make a recommendation for a 24 hour surgery facility."
    Rachel G. Lakeville, MA

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