Spending too much time alone, visiting strangers, the sound of some appliances, thunder or sirens and even renovations in the house can get your dog really nervous and keep your dog in a state of anxiety.
“Detecting the origin of anxiety is the first step to the cure of the animal, since in most cases is not due to a single factor, but rather the sum of many,” said Edgar Gutierrez, director of the Veterinary Clinic La Salle University.
Separation anxiety is the most common cause, especially when the animal spends a lot of time alone. In these cases, they often take on destructive behavior. “For this separation, the pet does not know what to do and starts to do damage, like biting the furniture, scratching the doors or smashing something. They may also have compulsive licking, which even break the skin, “says Nancy Margarita Alarcón veterinary medical specialist in homeopathy and acupuncture.
Other pets may become nervous from certain noises, which can range from thunder, shots, explosions, alarms and other sounds being emitted by the vacuum cleaner, blender or hair dryer. In such situations, the behavior is usually run and / or hide in a place where they feel safer. The danger sometimes is that with an uncontrolled escape type of run, the dog could jump out of a window or even go through it.
There is also the possibility of social anxiety. The pet panics with other people, because the pet was not properly socialized or handled with other people at an early age. When the pet is confronted by one or many people together, it can feel trapped and cornered, and thus either react aggressively or become retracted. In these type of situations, cats usually respond more by trying to hide, may become aggressive or stop eating.
Many of these situations can be controlled. “If you were to do a behavioral modification, you can modified he pets reaction to a noise, such as hammering, by having the dog become familiar the noise,” advises Gutierrez.
Some symptoms to look for:
- Continuous barking.
- Destructive behavior.
- Scratches on doors and furniture.
- Tendency to escape.
- Tendency to hide.
- Urination and defecation in unusual places.
- Attitudes of aggression.
- It can cause skin lesions by continuous licking (self-mutilation).
- Low appetite.
If you pet has any of the above, your veterinarian can help you and instruct you further. Behavioral modification is the best course of therapy, but drug therapy and in extreme cases, veterinarians can try massage, homeopathy and acupuncture.