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Dr. Ken Tudor
Holistic Veterinarian

Frightened dog hides under a table

Why Are Dogs So Anxious?

July 10, 2018

Most
of you and your friends have pets that well cared for, if not down right
pampered. Their lives, in our eyes, are perfect-plenty of food, treats, fancy
collars and state of the art strollers. What is there to worry our dogs? I
don’t have a good answer, but I do know dogs harbor a lot of anxiety. 

I see it multiple
times a day. In our practice we have no waiting room so there are no other dogs
around, our office is carpeted like a home, we spend 15-20 minutes just talking
with pet parents to let the dogs roam and adjust and diffuse very calming
essential oils. Yet 1/3 of our patients still show anxious behavior-
under the furniture or cuddle next to their owner with that
terrified look or are reluctant to be examined. 

Most of our clients will
explain the behaviors are due to abuse prior to adoption or purchase or some
other imagined horrific early life experience. The fact is, we can never know
and the fear or anxious condition is not healthy for dogs. Such feelings cause
the release of fight-or-flight or stress hormones. Although necessary for
survival short term, these hormones are unhealthy long term. Anxious dogs are
also more likely to runaway from home during fireworks, thunderstorms, home
construction etc.
is a
condition, like any other medical condition, and

Anxious dogs
should need exposure to unusual circumstances. Supervised play dates with other
dogs and people. A rule of thumb for socializing puppies is one new experience
every day. Why not do that with your anxious older dog-or at least 2-3 times a
week?

Many essential
oils help calm dogs without the heavy effects of tranquilizers and puppy
Prozac. CBD can also have a calming effect and is very safe at proper dosages.
There are also western and traditional Chinese herbs that “reset” the brain's anxious meter. Your holistic veterinarian can help you with methods of
treatment and dosages for essential oils, CBD oil and herbs.

My biggest
obstacle is trying to help an anxious dog with an anxious owner. I find that
dog owners are quite uncomfortable and anxious at the veterinarian. They
unfortunately, transmit that fear to their dog making it very difficult to
solve their dog’s medical problem. I can’t tell you how many times I would like
to prescribe calming supplements to some clients. I find these same individuals
are uncomfortable around other dog owners as well, making exposure less
successful.

Dog owners are
just that, owners not trainers. A behaviorist or a trainer can be more
objective about your dog and show you methods for reducing anxiety and
modifying anxious behavior responses. You need to be a part of that
instruction.
 
Training is forever, and you need to be an equal partner.

July
is Pet Anxiety Awareness Month, so we are offering

Author
Ken Tudor DVM
Dr. Ken Tudor, Holistic Veterinarian

Dr. Ken Tudor is a recognized expert and leader in the field of pet nutrition and fitness. He has developed a pet weight management program and served on the American Animal Hospital Association task force to develop their Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. He is also a frequent guest on the Pet World Insider radio show and a popular guest on the televised Pet Ex Talks-Pet Experts Empowering Pet Parents show.

Why Are Dogs So Anxious?

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