What Causes Anxiety, Nervousness, Tension or Stress to Pets?
Just like their human counterparts, dogs and cats can sometimes become anxious, nervous, tense, or stressed. These types of behaviors can be caused by a number of factors and for a number of different reasons. Often times, activities such as traveling or going to the vet can cause a dog or cat to become nervous or tense. Loud noises, like those of fireworks going of on the Fourth of July or thunder during storms, can also be a source of anxiety or stress for pets. Genetic predisposition, being easily overwhelmed, and lack of exposure early in life, among other things, can all contribute to a dog or cat becoming stressed or developing an anxiety condition.
Different Types of Anxiety and Nervousness
Different causes can result in different types of nervousness or anxiety. Some of the common types of anxiety and nervousness in dogs and cats include:
Separation anxiety - pet becomes highly distressed whenever owner leaves or they are otherwise separated.
Obsessive behavior - obsessive repeating of a behavior, such as compulsive licking or chewing on nails.
Social anxiety - overly timid or aggressive behavior towards other people and/or animals.
Noise anxiety - fear or distress caused by loud or unexpected noises, like fireworks and thunderstorms.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - anxiousness caused by a traumatic event; from something as big as the loss of an owner or moving to a much smaller event, such as a schedule change.
Common Symptoms of Separation Anxiety
Since our pets cannot tell us they are feeling anxious or that something is stressing them out, it can be difficult to know when something has upset them or made them uncomfortable. Feline and canine separation anxiety and/or nervousness can manifest in a number of different ways. Some signs and symptoms indicating your pet may be suffering from separation anxiety include:
Trembling or shaking
Destructive behavior - chewing, digging, etc.
Barking or howling
Excessive salivation or drooling
Whining or moaning
Accidents in the house
Preventing and Treating Pet Anxiety, Nervousness, Tension or Stress
There are some things that pet owners can do to help prevent their dog or cat from developing a pet anxiety disorder. One of the best ways to prevent many anxieties and stresses is to introduce your pet to a number of different experiences and environments when they are young.
If your dog or cat has developed anxiety or has become nervous, there are a number of treatments that you can use to help reduce and alleviate your pet's symptoms. Use of herbal supplements, such as the NaturVet Quiet Moments line, can be very helpful in treating and preventing pet anxiety, nervousness, tension, and stress. Products in the NaturVet Quiet Moments line include:
NaturVet Quiet Moments - Calming Aid (30 tabs)
Easily put this gel on dry food or mix it into wet to help calm stressed or agitated cats.
NaturVet Quiet Moments - Gel for Cats (3 oz.)
All natural ingredients work to support your pets during stressful times and situations to help alleviate anxiety.
NaturVet Quiet Moments Cat Calming Aid Plus Ginger (50 soft chews)
Same quality cat calming formula chews with a great ginger taste.
NaturVet Quiet Moments Calming Aid for Dogs & Cats (65 soft chews)
Reduce your dog or cat's stress level with all natural Quiet Moments soft chews from NaturVet. Easy to chew and swallow, and the best part, pets love the flavor!
NaturVet Quiet Moments Calming Aid Plus Melatonin for Cats (50 soft chews)
Same great soft chews, including a ginger to settle upset stomachs and melatonin to increase relaxation.
NaturVet Quiet Moments Calming Aid for Dogs (30 soft chews)
Herbal supplement helps reduce the effects of tension and stress, using a blend of all natural ingredients, including L-Tryptophan, chamomile flower, and Thiamine.