How to deal with your pets anxiety issues

Just like in humans, stress and anxiety issues can be triggered in pets due to climate changes such as thunderstorms, heat waves etc. Separation from an owner, getting lost on the street, change in routine, traveling, relocation to a new home, firecrackers, a new human/ pet baby in the house can also be considered as triggers. "If you notice the following symptoms in your pets such as aggression, change in sleeping habits, loss of appetite and weight loss, diarrhoea, know that your pet is definitely stressed. They will also show signs of excessive yawning, panting while resting, low body posture, chewing or biting furniture, nibbling at shoes, eating socks, whining or bawling loudly. It could also be expressed through constant craving for attention through barking, not receptive to training commands or pining loudly when leashed. At such times, comforting your pet and talking to your vet should help you identify a solution to the problem," says Anushka Iyer, Founder and CEO of a pet care brand.
Most pets exhibit happy, contented behavior when they are around their owners in a familiar and safe environment. Any physical or social change in this safety bubble could appear as a threat to them and change their behavior to aggression or anxiety. This could be a sure shot sign of animals in need of stress-reducing supplements. "We recently moved to our new home and it took a while for my dog to get used to the new place. He felt anxious and lost for days. There were days when he would bark up a storm when the doorbell rang and then there were days he wouldn't want to move. These were clear signs that he was not his usual self," says businessman Karan Makhija.

Types of stress reducing supplements
"Stress reducing supplements can be in the form of chew sticks or treats, tablets or capsules to be taken orally or added to food, essential oils or herbs powdered in their diet, or even a sanitizing spray or hemp oil rubbed topically on their paws or coat," says Iyer.

Quick tips:

- Active calming ingredients in stress-reducing supplements should include melatonin, L-theanine, L-tryptophan, Vitamin B1.

- Natural ingredients should include anything from chicken liver, turkey, salmon to hemp extracts, prebiotics and probiotics,

- Soothing essential herbs such as chamomile, passion flower or holy basil can calm your pets.

- Oils such as lavender and aloe vera can be topically applied. Massaging your pets gently with hemp seed oil can reduce their stress.

- External food such as peanut butter for dogs contains omega 3 fatty acids that help reduce anxiety.

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