Just like with humans, stress and anxiety are uncomfortable emotions for your pets. They may experience these emotions in varying degrees, and pet anxiety and stress can be normal, temporary reactions to certain circumstances. However, if they are continually suffering from anxiety, you should talk with our veterinarian at MVS Pet Care - Las Vegas to learn more about pet anxiety and potential treatment options.
Types of Pet Anxiety
Although all pets may experience anxiety at some point, dogs are the most commonly affected. There are three primary types of pet anxiety:
- Separation anxiety: This is the most common type of pet anxiety. Separation anxiety is triggered when you leave the house. Instead of waiting for you to return, pets with separation anxiety typically panic immediately and may even attempt to get you to not leave the house. As soon as you leave, they will pace, bark, howl, urinate, scratch, and chew until you return home.
- Noise anxiety: Our mobile vet service receives many calls related to noise anxiety in pets especially around Independence Day. Fireworks, as well as storms, have never been fun for pets. These events will frequently trigger a fear response in pets that may even cause them to run away. Noise anxiety can be triggered by everyday sounds, such as emergency vehicle sirens, loud televisions, alarms, airplanes, and even large gatherings or other barking dogs. Noise anxiety can start when your pet is a puppy or kitten, but with proper training, your pet can learn to remain calm during these loud situations.
- New routines: Pets and especially cats are creatures of habit. Any change, regardless of how small, to their daily routine can cause anxiety. Some of the changes in routine that may trigger your pet’s anxiety may include traveling, moving to a new home, a new family addition, and a change in your routine, such as working from home. Any sudden change in routines may cause your pet to become anxious. Change is a part of life so this one could be a bit tricky to handle. If it is possible, try to introduce the changes slowly and reassure your pet that everything will be alright.
Mobile Vet Care in Las Vegas
If you suspect your pet may be experiencing anxiety, call our veterinarian at MVS Pet Care - Las Vegas today at (702) 802-8956. We can provide some advice as well as schedule a house-call to see if any medical issues are contributing to the problem.