Summer has a lot to offer pets and their families, but sadly the season is not free of threats to their health and wellness. Aside from the risks associated with high heat and humidity, pets have to contend with thunderstorms, fireworks, large-scale events, and backyard BBQs. Sure, some pets can remain calm, but others are at an increased risk of developing deeply-felt pet anxiety.
So Many Choices
Like us, pets feel emotions, and the ways in which they respond to certain stimuli can be unexpected. For example, some pet owners may underestimate the extent of their pet’s fear, stress, or anxiety – or not even realize they’re suffering at all. Pets are hardwired to hide signs of fear, but once pet anxiety takes root it can be difficult to overcome.Continue…
Even with our knowledge of auto mechanics, barreling down the road in a metal box is disconcerting when you stop to think about it. Sure, we have road rules and driver’s tests (not to mention airbags), but try telling a pet with an intense fear of car travel that it will all be “OK.”
Of all the common animal behaviors, pets with car anxiety top the list. Fortunately, there are supportive strategies to help soothe your pet’s nerves.
Narrowing it Down
There are notable differences between fear, anxiety, and phobia. Recognizing your pet’s fear is an excellent first step, but early intervention is necessary to prevent anxiety and full-blown phobia. Continue…