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Anxiety in Dogs

Your dog communicates through body language and behaviour.

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How to know if your dog is anxious

Dogs exhibit different signs of stress depending on the dog and on the stressful situation. Typical signs of stress a dog can show are: 


  • Ears back 
  • Excessive panting 
  • Drooling 
  • Shaking 
  • Hiding away 
  • Barking excessively 
  • Messing in the house
  • Licking lips
  • Tail between legs
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Keeping your pet safe this Halloween

Halloween is a time for fun and games for most families but it can pose certain threats and risks to our pets.


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festive season

Helping your dog cope with the festive season

Christmas is a great time to catch up with all the family, but your dog might not be as keen to see lots of new faces in their home. Make sure they have a quiet place to retreat to. 


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How you can help

  • Provide a safe and quiet space for your dog to retreat to.

  • Ensure your dog has toys to keep them occupied.

  • Keep your departures and returns calm and quiet.

  • Consider getting a diffuser, some spray, collar or medication to calm your dog. The pheromone released in ADAPTIL is identical in nature to the Dog Appeasing Pheromone secreted by a mother dog from 3-5 days after the puppy’s birth to provide reassurance to the puppies.

  • Avoid reassuring the dog when it is in the midst of experiencing fear or panic; the dog may interpret this as a reward for its behaviour. 

  • Remember that not all dogs are calmer when crated; some dogs panic when caged and will injure themselves if forced to be confined.

  • Reward your dog for calming down and absolutely avoid punishment for behaviour related to fear, phobia, or anxiety.

Helping your dog cope with firework season

Sound sensitivities, including fireworks, are very common in dogs and reactions range from mild to extreme. While a certain degree of fear is normal, it becomes distressing for both you and your dog if this fear is or becomes severe.


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Helping your dog cope with firework season

Sound sensitivities, including fireworks, are very common in dogs and reactions range from mild to extreme. While a certain degree of fear is normal, it becomes distressing for both you and your dog if this fear is or becomes severe.


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Prevention

Puppies and dogs that get less social and environmental exposure may become habitually fearful. 


This is why it's so important to expose puppies to a variety of social situations and environments when they are young (up to the time they are 14 weeks of age) to decrease the chances of fearful behaviour. 

This should happen in a controlled manner, ask your vet for advice if you are unsure.

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Separation anxiety and leaving your dog alone

You can’t be with your dog 24 hours a day, so your pet needs to accept that sometimes you won’t be around. Most dogs get used to being on their own quickly, but others can get distressed or anxious when left alone. This is called separation anxiety.


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