Causes of Anxiety in Dogs

Did you know that dogs can get anxiety? Fido is very emotional, and he can easily get frightened or upset. Just like people, dogs also tend to get nervous in certain situations. Here, a Lexington, KY vet lists some things that bother our canine pals.

Being Alone 

Dogs are pack animals by nature. In the wild, they are always with their buddies. Fido basically thinks of his humans as his pack, and can get quite distressed when left by himself. He may vent his frustration by digging, chewing, or, in some cases, eating your couch. These things are often mistaken for simple bad behavior, but they are in truth often an expression of doggy angst. 

Major Changes

Fido is definitely a creature of habit, and tends to feel most secure when kept on a pretty set schedule for things like walks, meals, playtime, and snuggle-on-the-couch sessions. Big adjustments, such as moving, schedule changes, or changing owners, can be pretty hard on Man’s Best Friend. Your pooch may also get upset when people and/or other pets join or leave his ‘pack.’


Dogs are very intelligent. Fido will get pretty restless if he has nothing to do but stare at the walls all day, or if he is crated too long. Make sure he is getting enough exercise and playtime. He should also have plenty of toys to keep him occupied. 

Loud Noises/Commotion 

Loud noises can also cause anxiety in dogs. Fireworks are one example of this. Thunderstorms can also upset your furry pal. Fido might also get distressed in crowds, around strangers, or when going to new places. Dogs that exhibit signs of anxiety at this sort of stimuli may benefit from desensitization training and/or socialization work. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Physical Discomfort

Being sick or uncomfortable isn’t much of a mood lifter for anyone. This is also true for dogs. Fido can get stressed out about anything that makes him uncomfortable, whether it’s fleas, long nails, itchy fur, or temperature. 


There are some ways to help Fido cope with his anxiety. First and foremost, make sure he is clean and comfortable, and keep up with his veterinary care needs. Activity and stimulation are also important. Your pup may also benefit from pet calming products or even medication. Ask your vet for more information.

Contact us, your Lexington, KY animal clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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