Dogs Have Anxiety Just Like We Do: A dog’s anxieties may not be the same as a human’s anxieties, but they cause stress and physical reactions just the same.
Some common dog anxiety problems include -Separation anxiety – A dog gets anxious when left alone.
Noise anxiety – A dog becomes fearful and stressed when exposed to loud or unusual noises. Some examples include fireworks, thunderstorms, garbage trucks, and more.
Travel anxiety – The car is like a den but dogs are unaccustomed to moving dens. Therefore, they may become unsure and anxious over something so new and unexpected.
Confinement anxiety – A dog gets stressed when he feels trapped or confined. If a threat should arise, a confined dog may feel that he is unable to escape or flee.Punishment or aversive techniques will do little to stop these anxious dog behaviors because punishment does not address the source of the behavior, which is the dog’s anxiety. Suppression of these displacement behaviors through pain and dominance methods makes the problem worse because pain will only cause the dog to become even more anxious.
Do not medicate your dog with over-the-counter human drugs on your own.
Dogs have very different physiology than humans and dosage is very dependent on weight.It is important to consult with your vet before giving your dog any medications including over-the-counter human medication.
Some medications used to suppress a dog’s anxiety response include -Clomipramine(Anafranil) – This drug was originally developed to treat OCD in humans. With dogs, it is sometimes prescribed to treat OCD and separation anxiety issues.
Fluoxetine(Prozac,Sarafem,Fontex) – Fluoxetine is perhaps most well-known by its tradename Prozac. Prozac is used to treat heavy depression, OCD, and serious eating disorders (Bulimia nervosa) in humans. Eli Lily makes a special Prozac just for dogs called Reconcile.