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Alleviating anxiety in pets

Pets suffer from anxiety, but unlike human companions, the animals cannot verbalize what is causing the discomfort.

Instead, pets communicate distress through signs of nervousness and fear by their behavior. 

A pet is often labeled as having a behavior problem when, in fact, the animal is reacting to something he does not understand or perceives might be a threat. 

Knowing the signs and possible causes of anxiety can help Carbon County animal lovers ease a pet's distress. 

According to animal experts, the 10 signs of pet anxiety include:

•Excessive barking, meowing, whining, yelping or crying

•Pacing, panting, restlessness or running around

•Cowering, trembling or shaking.

•Excessive vigilance with exaggerated startle response.

•Hiding under furniture, in the bathroom or freezing to the spot .

•Seeking comfort from an owner or guardian.

•Drooling or vomiting.

•Inappropriate urination or defecation.

•Destructive chewing.

•Running away.

Leaving pets home alone, auddenly boarding or kenneling the animals and having unfamiliar people visit the household are several causes of anxiety in pets.

Causes also include introducing new animals into a household and the sudden departure of a family member.

Animal experts recommend that Carbon County residents consult a local veterinarian for assistance in alleviating anxiety in pet and explore available treatment options.

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