First of all, you shouldn't equate fear with an anxiety disorder. Every dog is occasionally afraid of something, perceives a certain stimulus as (slightly) dangerous, explores it or flees. With real fear, a four-legged friend sees a stimulus as very dangerous and is usually no longer able to face it or to escape. Several symptoms indicate an anxiety disorder in the dog. It is important to correctly interpret the stress signals and then to help your loved one to overcome fear.
Audible and visible symptoms of an anxiety disorder
Every Vierpfötler reacts differently to fear. For example, certain sounds are often made. While some dogs whine, whine, growl, or howl, others show louder symptoms such as barking, yapping, or screaming. A tense or crouched posture as well as ears and a lowered tail are almost always associated with this. A seriously frightened dog often trembles and is at the same time restless and extremely attentive. Other visible symptoms include panting, dilated pupils and increased salivation.
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Other features of an anxiety disorder in dogs
In addition to the obvious symptoms mentioned above, more subtle signs can also indicate serious anxiety disorder in the dog. Terrified four-legged friends often have poor fur and are very nervous and restless. Sweaty paws and shallow breathing indicate stress from fear. Spontaneous excretion of urine or faeces as well as opening of the anal gland and shaking or scratching reactions are also conceivable. If you notice the symptoms mentioned with your animal companion continuously or frequently, it is advisable to go to the veterinarian.