Dog owners sadly don’t realize about the behavior of their furry companions is the threat they face from panic attacks caused due to different forms of anxieties.
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Dog parents go to unimaginable extents for ensuring that their beloved
companions are protected from pain or suffering of any kind. They sacrifice
their personal outings in order to ensure that their Fido’s are never left
alone. Not only this, they even go on to ignore their basic needs like taking
rest following office hours in order to go out and play with their canines
which pleases our friends to no end.
However, one important factor which dog owners sadly don’t realize about
the behavior of their furry companions is the threat they face from panic
attacks caused due to different forms of anxieties. Dogs suffering from
noise anxiety attempt to bark hide or scratch at locked doors in order to
obtain some relief from loud noises like ambulance sirens or even
firecrackers and can get hurt badly in the process of hiding themselves.
A dog that is battling separation anxiety can never be locked inside the
house even for a short period of time as he may perceive it as a sign of
being abandoned going on to destroy the house in order to find you at any
cost. Such forms of anxiety are common amongst dogs that have been
abandoned by their owners or families previously. Another common form
of anxiety is Travel Anxiety where dogs exhibit a sense of panic or
discomfort when expected to travel in uncommon forms of transport like
cars or airplanes. Last but not the least; dogs are also affected by
confinement anxiety which is caused in case dogs are forcibly instructed to
reside within confined spaces. This is usually the case as dogs are more
attuned genetically to living out in the open where they can stretch their
legs and run around all day.
Some of the most common symptoms exhibited by dogs suffering from
panic attacks include trembling, panting, hiding and barking, shaking,
whining, chewing paws, aggressive growling and dilated pupils. They are
also unduly aggressive against their dog parents or even visitors as they
perceive them to be potential threats capable of causing serious harm.
Treating your dog’s mentality in such a scenario can prove to be a
challenge. However, there are different measures which can be undertaken
to treat a canine who is suffering from panic attacks:
Take him to a Vet as soon as possible:
It is necessary to get an informedopinion from a vet who enjoys experience
in such cases for diagnosing the best method of treating such panic attacks.
It is not necessary that the dog’s aggressive reactions are interlinked with a
panic attack and may prove to be a reaction to a different stimulus. In
several cases, a dog’s reactions may even be interlinked to a bad experience
encountered as a child resulting in a defensive mentality.
Attempt to Increase his Confidence:
A dog is much less likely to react with fear in different situations if he
considers himself confident enough to tackle them. A dog parent should
attempt to boost his furry companion’s confidence by interacting with him
on a regular basis, playing with him, giving him treats on a frequent basis in
case of good behavior so that he backs himself to react appropriately in
different conditions. Such gestures of love and affection are bound to
increase his confidence and reduce the chances of facing a panic attack.
Ensure an active, exercise-rich lifestyle for your Fido:
Your pet is less likely to entertain any negative thoughts or encourage fear
to overpower his mind if he does not have the energy to do so. One should
ensure a regular lifestyle which is full of strenuous exercises for your dog
so that the mind is completely relaxed with the body exerted sufficiently as
Take the medicinal route out:
In certain cases, it is encouraged to consider the utilization of herbal and
homeopathic medicines capable of delivering quick and effective results for
your dog. At the same time, it is not advised to pursue a course of medicine
not recommended by your vet. A pet owner should design a schedule which
contains appropriate information over the necessary dosage and the
different intervals involved.
Covering him up in comfortable clothing:
One can also aid in reducing the anxiety levels by wrapping the dog up in
comfortable, well-fitting clothes like Thundershirt especially around the
abdomen and chest. At the same time, it is necessary to guide your loyal
Fido with the regard to the correct procedure of wearing, removing the
shirt so that he does not injure himself needlessly.
It is advisable to undertake the above-mentioned measures in order to
protect your loyal companion from a panic attack which if not handled
appropriately could prove to fatal in nature.