Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Dogs: Signs, Symptoms, and Remedies

Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Dogs: Signs, Symptoms, and Remedies

Communication with dogs can be challenging, especially when they are experiencing difficulties. It is crucial for us to understand the signs of anxiety to help our dogs. If you suspect that your dog is anxious, it is important to recognise the symptoms and then explore homeopathic remedies to alleviate their distress. We can hopefully assist you in identifying and managing dog anxiety with a list of ‘anxious’ remedies to choose the best fitting one.

Common signs of anxiety in dogs include:

  • Barking or howling when owner isn’t home
  • Panting and pacing (even when it’s not hot)
  • Shivering
  • Running away and/or cowering in the corner of a house
  • Digging
  • Escaping the yard
  • Destroying furniture
  • Self-harm, including excessive licking or chewing
  • Not eating
  • Urinating more frequently
  • A general inability to settle.
anxious dog

More subtle anxiety signs that can be difficult to pick up on include:

  • Lip licking
  • Showing whites of the eyes
  • Lifting a paw
  • Looking away.

The earlier you spot anxiety in your dog, the greater success you have in treating it. As any continued or repeated behaviour will become locked in the brain as a habit and harder to change, but not impossible, and of course much easier with the right homeopathic remedy!

What happens when anxiety in dogs goes untreated

It’s important to treat anxiety in your dog as soon as possible, to avoid it reaching dangerous levels.

Mild anxiety in dogs can get much worse and intensify to things like destroying furniture, self-harm or obsessively licking itself.

I’ve added several Homeopathic remedies that have helped acute anxiety:

  • Aconite: These dogs will be over-anxious and over-sensitive to noise and are easily startled. They can become extremely distressed, agitated, and panic-stricken and feel very vulnerable. Rapid heart rate with fearfulness. This is a great remedy for when their emotions are very intense and are brought on suddenly. (Fear + Fright = Aconite).
  • Arsenicum: This is a great remedy for those dogs where they are very anxious, fearful and insecure. These dogs can’t be left on their own as this is very frightening for them. They are quick to panic and need to be reassured. These are the dogs that are going to demand attention, but this does nothing to reduce their insecurities. Restlessness is prominent, so lots of pacing.
  • Phosphorus: This remedy is good for all noise phobias. These are the dogs that are going to be very restless, nervous and fearful. They tend to be sensitive to sudden noises and easily startle and may be fearful of being touched in that moment. Think of using for thunderstorms, gunshots, or fireworks type loud noises. Better for cuddles and petting in general.
  • Borax: This remedy is specific for fears of thunderstorms, sensitivity to noise, and being easily startled with marked irritability.
  • Gelsemium: Great remedy for being spooked from fireworks, when we see marked trembling especially from a fright. They can be timid, express terror, scared after a fright, and fearful. May seven urinate from fear.
  • Argentum Nitricum: Is a great remedy when the nervous system is affected especially with anxiety and helps with a range of fears.
  • Stramonium: Loud noises can cause terror and then aggression such as biting when you go to calm them.
  • Rescue remedy: This is a wonderful remedy as an in-between to help settle anxiousness and restlessness and can be sprayed directly into your dog’s mouth. Just note that Rescue remedy is not a homeopathic medicine, it is a Bach Flower essence.

Of course it is imperative to delve deeper into the constitutional medicine if the acute remedy fails to sustain a healing in your dog!

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