An anxiety disorder in the dog is not something that you as a mistress or master should take lightly. It is important to research the causes and to make sure that your cold mustache is well again. But for that you first have to recognize the symptoms.
First of all, you should not equate fear with an anxiety disorder. Every dog occasionally fears something, perceives a certain stimulus as (slightly) dangerous, explores it or flees. In case of real fear, however, a four-legged friend sees a stimulus as very dangerous and is then usually no longer able to face it or flee. Several symptoms indicate an anxiety disorder in the dog. It is important to interpret the stress signals correctly and then to help your loved one overcome the fear.
Audible and visible symptoms of an anxiety disorder
Each four-paw reacts differently to anxiety. For example, certain sounds are often emitted. While some dogs whimper, whine, growl, or howl, others display more vocal symptoms such as barking, yapping, or screaming. Almost always associated with it are a tense or crouched posture as well as applied ears and a lowered tail. Often, a seriously scared dog trembles and is at the same time restless and extremely attentive. Other visible symptoms include panting, dilated pupils and increased salivation.
Other features of an anxiety disorder in the dog
In addition to the obvious symptoms mentioned above, more subtle signs may indicate a serious anxiety disorder in the dog. Terrified quadrupeds often have bad fur and are very nervous and restless. Also, sweaty paws and a shallow breathing indicate stress due to anxiety. Also conceivable are spontaneous excretions of urine or faeces and the opening of the anal gland and shaking or scratching reactions. If you notice these symptoms to your animal companion constantly or frequently, it is advisable to go to the vet.