How to Help an Anxious Pet and Alleviate Their Fears

Just like people, animals can suffer from mental health issues. Every pet has a personality. Some pets are more nervous than others, needing more reassurance and support, and some pets can also be prone to anxiety. There are several ways to help an anxious pet, but it is the pet owner’s responsibility to understand their pet’s personality, their mental health, and how to take care of them. 

Build Your Awareness Through Research

It’s important to learn how to take care of a pet’s mental health.

There are countless new and improved ways to understand and help an anxious pet. First, it’s best to understand how important mental health is for a pet. This can be done by reading many resources and talking to your pet’s vet. This will also help in recognizing how a pet may express emotion, whether it is anxiety, fear, or anger. Being able to pick on these signals can alert an owner into taking the next steps in addressing their pet’s mental health.

Ways to Help

Anxiety in a pet can warrant an anxiety prescription. However, in addition to medications, alternative and holistic approaches are available to help an anxious pet. Some of these ways include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbs
  • Supplements
  • Diet
  • Exercise

Acupuncture, herbs, and any other holistic approach require an expert’s knowledge and opinion. This is crucial as a professional can offer advice specific to your pet, something that a Google search cannot do. Once you’ve understood situations that make your pet anxious, try to keep them away from those environments as much as possible. Instead, create a loving, safe and reassuring space for them. Reassurance is vital any time your pet displays signs of anxiety instead of forcing them into situations that make them anxious.

Neither you nor your pet is alone. Reach out to a professional to understand your pet better and learn how to help them. 

To learn more about preventative medicine, click here! Diet is also an essential way to take care of your pet. Click here to learn more about why and how to implement herbs and supplements into your pet’s diet.