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How to Deal With Anxiety in Pets

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At one point or another, many pet owners find that their cat or dog has anxiety of some sort. Even the most confident pet can sometimes be frightened by loud noises, large crowds, separation from owners, long-distance car travel or environmental changes. Anxiety is of special concern to pet parents that have recently adopted a pet that has previously suffered abuse and is now skittish. Here are four ways to deal with anxiety in your cat or dog:

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Our natural instinct is to comfort our pets by petting
and holding them –and Thundershirt is based on this principle. After receiving many requests to carry Thundershirt on PetFlow.com, we put it to the test on our own pets and were amazed at the calming effect it had. Although Thundershirt is created for dogs, the XXS size may work on some felines.

According to surveys sent out by Thundershirt to 2,000 purchasers, over 80% of pet parents noticed improvement in their pet’s anxiety. Once put on your pup, Thundershirt provides a gentle, constant pressure – in fact, it’s very similar to the method parents use when swaddling an inconsolable baby. It’s amazing how such a simple concept can provide reassurance and anxiety relief to your pet! Plus, you can save $8 on your purchase with code BD982, just use it at checkout!

Most importantly, PetFlow.com offers a 100% guarantee. If you are curious about trying the Thundershirt for your pet and it does not help them deal with anxiety, you can return it to PetFlow.com for a 100% refund. Click Here to order a Thundershirt for your pet!

Supplements
Surprising, but true – just as natural supplements can help relieve anxiety in humans, they also work on pets! There are a wide array of pet supplements on the market that treat anxiety – we personally use Happy Traveler by Ark Naturals for our pets. Happy Traveler features natural calming herbs such as Valerian, Chamomile, Tryptophan and St. John’s Wort. These are the same supplements humans use for natural anxiety relief, but in the right dose for your cat or dog!

Scent Reassurance
If you’re going to be away from home and are worried that your cat or dog will suffer from separation anxiety, we recommend lending your four legged friend an item with your scent on it, such as a t-shirt you’ve slept in recently. Because animals rely so heavily on their sense of smell, your scent will create a calming reassurance for them.

Exercise
Yes – it’s true. Good old exercise is one of nature’s best cure for an anxious pet! By tiring out your furbaby with a long walk or a frisky bout of playtime, your pet will have less energy to invest into anxiety. Next time you’re aware your pet will be encountering a stressor (such as a long car ride, loud noises, etc) give them some exercise and see if their response isn’t improved.

 

Remember: even the most well-adjusted pet is apt to experience anxiety at one point or another. By using positive reinforcement along with these tips, your pet’s response to stressors can be greatly reduced.

How do you help your pets with anxiety? Tell us in the comments below!

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