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What are Panic Attacks?

A panic attack in dogs is similar to a panic attack in humans in that their heart rate and breathing usually increase, shaking may occur, and while they bite on their skin and fur, people will sometimes bite their nails. However, dogs do not have the ability to express their fears like humans do so they tend to show it in other ways like hiding, barking, or growling. Most of the time, the panic attack is not long and subsides when you give him some attention by talking calmly and petting him.

While it may not seem like a big deal to you, if your dog has recurrent panic attacks, they should be treated because they can lead to a weakened immune system and other health problems. In addition, the panic attack may be caused by an underlying medical condition, so it is best to take your dog to a veterinary care provider if it happens more than once or if you cannot calm him down.

A panic attack can be a serious problem if your dog displays aggression or self-mutilation such as biting or chewing on himself. Your dog may have a type of anxiety that causes such extreme distress that he has a sudden outburst. It could be triggered by noise, confinement, or any kind of change that may seem minor to you, but not to your dog. There are several kinds of anxiety in dogs, but not all include panic attacks. They are not always serious either, as sometimes your dog may only choose to hide while other times he may attack someone.

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Symptoms of Panic Attacks in Dogs

A panic attack can come out of the blue with no warning or it may occur every time a certain thing triggers one. You may not even realize your dog is having a panic attack because the signs are similar to other behavioral problems. Some of the most common signs of a panic attack include:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Fast heart rate
  • Drooling
  • Dilated pupils
  • Pacing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Ears back and tail tucked under
  • Hiding
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Excessive licking or chewing on skin and fur
  • Whining or howling
  • Barking more than usual
  • Extreme aggression such as growling or biting
  • Overly attentive (climbing on you, licking you)
  • Behavioral problems such as digging or scratching
  • Trying to escape or run away (scratched up door or damaged fence if owner is not home)
  • Urinating or defecating indoors

Types

There are four main types of anxiety that can cause panic attacks in dogs.

  • Confinement anxiety causes a dog to get anxious when he is confined indoors or outdoors in any space he cannot get out of
  • Travel anxiety may be caused by both motion sickness, confinement, or just from a new experience
  • Noise anxiety can occur during thunderstorms, fireworks displays, or any other loud or sudden noise
  • Separation anxiety is caused by being alone or being without the one they want such as a playmate or person they usually play with

Causes of Panic Attacks in Dogs

Each different type of anxiety has its own set of causes, which include:

Confinement Anxiety

  • Fenced in a yard
  • Inside dog pen or kennel
  • Shut in a room
  • Trapped in an enclosed space on accident

Travel Anxiety

  • Driving in a car
  • Flying on an airplane
  • Riding on a train or bus
  • Visiting strange places

Noise Anxiety

  • Thunderstorms
  • Fireworks
  • Ambulance/police/firetrucks
  • Other loud or unexpected noises

Separation Anxiety

  • Being left alone
  • Loss of a loved one or playmate
  • Major life change
  • Suffering a traumatic event

Diagnosis of Panic Attacks in Dogs

If your dog has had more than one panic attack, you should have him checked by your veterinary care provider. A complete physical examination and maybe some laboratory tests (fecal smear, urinalysis and complete blood count) should be done to make sure your dog does not have any underlying conditions that need treatment. If you have video of your pet while he is in a panicked state, be sure to bring that along with you to the clinic. Keeping record of the circumstances of the attacks is a valuable tool as well. Documentation of the events can help to pinpoint triggers, in addition to providing key information for the veterinarian.

Treatment of Panic Attacks in Dogs

If your dog continues to have panic attacks, the veterinarian may prescribe anxiety medication or therapy.

Medications

Some of the most common medications that have been successful in treating panic attacks include tranxene, fluoxetine, buspirone, amitriptyline, and alprazolam.

More Exercise

Some experts encourage more vigorous exercise for pets with anxiety and panic attacks. The idea is that the workout will tire your dog physically and mentally so he will not be as anxious. Also, the brain releases increased serotonin, which works like an antianxiety drug.

Give Your Dog a Safe Haven

A small room or cage that is just for your dog where he can go to get away can make them feel much safer when needed. Encourage your dog to go to his safe place by bringing him there when he has a panic attack and staying with him until he is calm. However, do not close the door or the cage.

Recovery of Panic Attacks in Dogs

Although it may take some time and patience, panic attacks can be managed by working with your dog to help ease the anxiety. If you still have trouble with anxiety, there are pet therapists you can see that may be able to help.

Panic Attacks Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Dixie
Hound and black lab mix
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

scratching at people
destructive behavior
Panting
Loss of Appetite
Hyperactivity
Hiding
Increased Heart Rate
Shaking
climbing on and under furniture

Medication Used

none

Hi there, my dog Dixie is super friendly and kind,but once a thunder storm starts, or she can sense it is going to rain within the next few hours, she absolutely FREAKS OUT! AH! It is uncontrollable because she destroys everything and does not feel safe anywhere. Not the bathtub, not a safe room, not with noise distractions, I can not even distract her because she is too pre occupied; benadryl does nothing even with the correct dosing, rescue remedy does nothing, thunder vests dont work, nothing seems to be working. I've tried doing research, but nothing works, and they all say to use meds if all else fails, but my vet wont give my dog medication! It is driving me insane! She is a rescue and we got her when she was three, she is now eight, and the symptoms have only gotten worse. We have told the vet many times and they say they can not prescribe us anything because of state(New Hampshire) laws, which I think is incorrect but I'm not a vet. Please help if you have any information you can enlighten me on, I really need it!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what laws in NH would make it difficult to prescribe medication for Dixie, and it sounds like she is really suffering. If your veterinarian won't help her with prescription anti-anxiety medication, it may be a good idea to get a second opinion. There are many anti-anxiety medications that can be used for Thunderstorm phobias, including Alprazolam, Fluoxetine, and Trazadone. Each medication has its own needs for how to give it, so make sure you discuss options with a veterinarian.

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Sadie
American Pit Bull Terrier
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Tail tucked under
dilated pupils

My dog Sadie has been having many of what seem to be anxiety/panic attacks lately. My family recently moved houses 4 months ago and we thought the panic attacks were stemming from this. However they've become more often, and seem to occur around bedtime and randomly. Around bedtime, she starts shaking with her tail tucked in between her legs and lies on the floor on her side as if she is asking for a belly rub. She will also sit outside my parents' bedroom door waiting for them to open it instead of sleeping. When my family is in the kitchen, she will come sit on our feet while we are cooking; if we are in the living room watching TV Sadie will come up to the sofa and jump up to sit on her hind legs begging for attention. She is well exercised (we have a larged fenced yard where we play frisby and laser with her & a pool), has a good appetite and no long sleeps in the crate. So why is she having these panic attacks and how can we soothe her or stop them?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A new environment can cause a lot of stress on a dog, I cannot give you any specific advice apart from discourage the behaviour when she jumps on the sofa or sits on your feet in the kitchen. Behavioural issues can be difficult to get to the bottom of and there is rarely a quick fix; repetitive calming and behaviour modification is required but you should discuss this with a Behaviourist as this is their area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mr.
Terrier mix
15 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

walks slowly
stops in middle of street to stare
new fear of riding in the car
backs away from being pet
anxiety
Staring into space

Hi. I have a 14 month wire terrier mix puppy )(40 lbs) that has had growing anxiety. It now creates issues on every walk. There are no difinitive triggers. I feel really bad for him.
He stares down empty quiet streets and gets completely amped up, tail tucked, ears back. Or, logically the leaf blower guy with the lawnmower at the same time. He's stares off into the sky now at nothing. He stops walking in the middle of the street and stares up at the sky. We go different paths, go through different neighborhoods. For the past month he continuously backs away from anyone who wants to pet him. He used to be a great car buddy but now he gets super anxious and whines as soon as the car slows down. If i open the door he bolts out.

I think it's his eyes but my vet tells me there are no scrapes and he follows their fingers when checking. How can I check for sure. Plus his ears are greasy. Could a chronic ear infection cause these issues?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There may be a medical cause leading to the fear, but generally you would expect to see the signs all the time when at home not just outside or in the car; most likely there is a behavioural issue leading to these symptoms. I’ve placed a few training guides for you to look at below and in each guide there is a section to ask a certified dog trainer a question for specific help for his case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-being-fearful https://wagwalking.com/training/not-whine-in-the-car

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Blue
Albino Miniature Husky Terrier Mix
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
dilated pupils
Panting
Shaking

Every time a high pitch noise comes on such as a oven timer or a smoke alarm, even for a second, my dog starts shaking and breathing heavily. He then runs to my side and sits next to me. Every time I move or touch him he starts to shake even more. Sometimes I can calm him down by talking to him, but that doesn't always work. When ever my talking doesn't help him, these episodes can last for about an hour. These episodes happen around once every one and a half months and started a year ago. I don't know what to do anymore, can you help?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dogs can be very scared of noises that they can't identify, and the more scared they are, the worse it can get. It would be a good idea to start some training for Blue, and he would most likely benefit from being on an anti-anxiety medication while you work with a trainer to teach him that those noises are not so scary. A trainer can show you ways to help desensitize him to the noise, and anti anxiety medications will help. Your veterinarian can talk with you about whether medications may help him.

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Mika
Aussiedoodle
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting
Increased Heart Rate
Pacing

Mika begins to pant and pace when she is on our boat. It began after an experience on the boat with terrible waves where (humans being unable to help) she was tossed about somewhat. I’m certain this is what has caused her behavior. She doesn’t display the behavior when the boat is stopped or there is absolutely no bouncing if the boat. I’m not sure how to approach treatment or easing her anxiety and would appreciate any guidance you could provide.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I don't blame Mika for being scared after having that experience - some people don't get over that fear, and they can rationalize it. She may need anti anxiety medication to help get over her fear if having her on the boat is something that will continue to happen. Your veterinarian can help you with that medication, and there are many options for her.

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Frank
English bull terrior cross
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pants, slaps lips, shakes, pacing

Our dog Frank has started getting up in the night and pacing the house. He will ask to go to the toilet then when he gets in he won't settle. He will pace the house, pant, shake and slap his lips. We cannot get him to calm down and he refuses to get back in his bed. Eventually he will get on the bed in the spare room and sleep there. This happens on and off in random clusters. A few nights he'll do this then he'll be fine. Then randomly he'll have a few more nights of it. We're at our wits end

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to determine the source of this type of behaviour, the lip smacking may be due to an empty stomach and acid reflux so feeding a small late meal may help with that. Otherwise it is difficult to determine the exact possible cause of this behaviour, there is a strong chance that it isn’t medical related at all; try observing Frank when he is outside to see if there are any triggers for this behaviour, it may be that he smells something or sees something that is concerning him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pam
American bull terrier mixed Pitbul
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Fast Breathing

We just moved into a new apartment and my dog is panting and drooling too much, she’s a rescued so it took her some time to get used to the new home but I can’t help but worry

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Pam may need some help to adjust to her environment in your new place. Some dogs do benefit from anti-anxiety medication, even in the short term, so that they aren't so nervous. A visit to a veterinarian might be a good idea to see if she could benefit from this medication for a little while.

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Lucy
Alaskan Husky
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a 4 yr old husky, Lucy, who for the past 8 months has had severe panic attacks when on walks. Everything will be fine, and suddenly she’ll panic, and start running as quickly as she can while panting and looking over her shoulder to see if she’s being followed. She’ll often try to direct me back towards the house. This can happen at any point, on any walk, and I’ve yet to find one specific trigger - it’s seemingly out of no where. Often once it’s happened at one location, it’ll happen there again. But not always. And usually when it happens on a walk, she’ll either be afraid the rest of the walk or likely to panic again. At 75 pounds and hip height, she’s extremely strong and becomes even stronger when I walk her. She gets plenty of exercise, I’m home with her virtually all day, and she’s well socialized. I have no idea why this suddenly started happening or how to control it, but I’m worried with the up coming winter that I won’t be able to physically control her when she panics.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes it is difficult or almost impossible to determine what is causing some behaviour in animals; this behaviour may be triggered by a smell (which you cannot smell), a sound (our hearing isn’t as good as a dogs) or any any other trigger which wouldn’t be picked up by a human. I do not know what to suggest, there are products which claim to help with a variety of issues (like ThunderShirt) but each case is individual; you may need to consult with a Behaviourist to get a better idea of what is happening. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Misha
Vizsla
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Stress
anxiety

Hi. I Have a 4 years old vizsla. We got her as a presant for my mom's birthday. From what we know of, when she was little, she used to be beaten up by her owners and when we got her she was a little traumatized as she was a bit agressive and was really scared to go outside at night. She addapted pretty quickly although she still gets scared when there are loud noises like fireworks. For a week now due to some problems, we have to let her alone 8 hours a day, when my mom is at work and she is not used to that and she seems to be more and more stressed. She hides away and doesn't want to come out for a long period and also doesn't want to play. We thought this may be because during this time there are fireworks display and also because of the changes We recently did. We are really concerned and don't know what to do. I would appreciate an advise. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no easy or quick answer to your question, constant reassurance and desensitisation with sound may be beneficial; but these cases need a personalised approach, you should consult a Behaviourist to get a one on one session to get specific advice for Misha as generalised advice in these cases is rarely beneficial. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cody
Pomeranian
21 months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Barking, Increased heart rate, Spinning, agression

Medication Used

Clomicalm

My 21 month old dog has been suffering anxiety and having read this page i feel that what he is also displaying is a panic attack. Everytime my husband gets up and moves around the house Cody barks at him. His heart is racing and I think that he feels that he is going to be left as when it's bed time my husband can get up shut the door and go to bed and he doesn't make any noise. He also spins in circles during these episodes and can hurt himself. We are at our wits end and have already consulted a behaviourist and been to see our vet. He is currently on clomicalm and has been on this for quite a few months ie 5/6

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Behavioural issues like this are always difficult to manage and each dog is different; there is most likely nothing medically wrong with Cody, just he is afraid of being alone. Reassurance is key here, comforting him and showing Cody that you’re not leaving him or when your husband does leave he gives some attention to Cody before he leaves and when he arrives. There is no right way to handle this, you just need to find what works for your situation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

At your whits end? please dont give up on your dog. Giving him away will just exacerbate his condition. Please try REAL anti-anxiety medication dose dependent on size of dog. By the way how much medication say ALPRAZOLAM ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO GIVE YOUR DOG? Very little if small right?

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Ally
Great Dane x bull mastiff
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Panic attacks, aggression
Panic attacks

Medication Used

Clomipramine Hydrochloride

Hi,
My dog Ally is the very anxious type. I know she has anxiety and I know how it all started. I rescued her from a person that had another dog and that dog used to bully her and they never took her out for walks or anything. So she gets anxious on walks to the point we’re she just shuts down and doesn’t really breath, other times she is aggressive, the aggression is usually towards other dogs can be people too. She is on anxiety medication. She is on Clomipramine Hydrochloride 25mg. So my question is this, is there anything else that I can do for her, to help her not be so anxious. Besides the training do you think stronger medication would help?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is good that you want to work with Ally to help her with this problem. Some dogs respond differently to different anti-anxiety medication, and it can take a few weeks for the drug to build up in her system. If she has been on the Clomipramine for longer than a month and you aren't noticing a difference, she may need a different medication, and you can discuss that with your veterinarian, as they can examine her and will have medications that they are comfortable working with. Given your description of her behavior, however, I'm not sure that medication alone is going to help, and she probably needs to work with a trainer as well as taking the medication, as those things often go together. I hope that you are able to help her with this anxiety.

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Bella
Mixed
3 Days
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

destructive behavior
Crying
Panting
Shaking

How to comfort my dog or treat her panic attacks. Every morning when we are leaving for work she has a panic attack and starts panting and shaking. If we leave her out of her kennel she will destroy furniture, one day she ripped up our entire bed to include our mattress! I need help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Separation anxiety can be difficult to control and may require you to start by getting a crate for Bella so that any damage caused is contained, however this isn’t a long term solution since some dogs will cause self harm trying to escape. We have some guides on our website on separation anxiety (link below) and you should have a read through, if you have a follow up question you may ask a question on that page to a certified dog trainer for further help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-separation-anxiety

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Maggie
Black Lab/Doxen Mix
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

sleeping a lot
struggling for air
Heavy Breathing,
distress

My dog has been waking up from a dead sleep with very heavy breathing (almost like she can't catch her breath). I will pet her and talk to her to calm her down and she will eventually, especially if I can distract her. She looked very distressed in her eyes and she trying to cuddle in further with us. She started this about a month ago when my Grandmother was very sick and we left her alone for extended periods of time (never over 6 hours but she is used to only being home alone for an hour or two a day on a regular basis). She has never destroyed anything while we are gone but she does have separation anxiety. Wondering if these are anxiety attacks, some sort of apnea, or just trying to catch her breath? When we started spending more time at home again, she was having these issues multiple times a day, awake or sleeping. Now they are about every other day, only when she is sleeping. Hoping the issue is getting better!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Maggie, I have a very hard time commenting on whether these episodes are anxiety or a problem breathing. It would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, assess her breathing, and see if what she is doing is anxiety related or if she has another problem. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Scooby
Mutt
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

stays by my side
Panting
lack of appetite

My dog has been acting weird the past week or so. He is a big dog, about 100 pounds, slightly overweight, mix of a bunch of breeds. It all started about a week ago, my mom was in a hurry to go somewhere so she made his breakfast while he was outside and then left it on the counter so that I could feed him. When I went downstairs, he totally freaked out. He was running all over the house, ran straight into a door, then finally calmed down in my bedroom (a place he never goes). We tried to feed him and he wouldn't eat. Finally ate when my mom got home. Has been acting weird ever since, panting a lot, wouldn't eat unless we hand feed him, hanging out in my room a lot, even found him in my moms closet a few times? We took him to the vet and his labs and everything came out good. They offered an anxiety medication but we don't want to just drug him all the time. Not even sure if it is anxiety that he has. He didn't eat his breakfast this morning even with my mom here. Won't stop panting now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to narrow in on what i causing this behaviour; whilst dogs are logical animals their misunderstanding of some things may lead to extreme fear and anxiety for no apparent reason (from our point of view). I’ve put a link to one of our training guides below on stopping a dog from being fearful, there is a section towards the bottom where you can ask advice from a certified dog trainer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-being-fearful

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Max
Border Collie
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Shallow Rapid Breathing

I went into my kitchen at roughly two in the morning and when I opened the door he ran into the hallway while my other dog stayed as she was. I tried calling him back into the kitchen but he wouldn't budge. I sat in the hall with him and he look very obviously distressed you could see it in his eyes. He was shaking and breathing funny. It almost seemed like he was crying. It took about half an hour of love and cuddles to get him to calm down. He kept trying to lick my face and climb on me. Once he'd calmed down he was pretty easy to get back into the kitchen with a few treats but I'm worried that this panic may be part of a bigger problem.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what may have caused this or whether it was a one off event or not; many noises or experiences may scare a dog especially since they don’t understand much of the world around them, I once saw a dog scared by the compressor in the refrigerator each time it kicked in. You should keep an eye on Max and his behaviour, something may indicate a trigger for this behaviour; also recording him at night may give some clues if this becomes a regular issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bruno
Pit bull
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

dilated pupils
nervous
Tucking tail
Wetting the bed
Tucks tail
Shaking

Hey! My dog woke up early this week in the middle of the night shaking he even peed a little on the spot then he hid under my bed and it took a while to calm him down. The day after was normal he slept like always so I thought maybe he had a nightmare. But ever since that good night he usually gets really scared at random hours in the middle of the night without reason. He shakes a lot and tucks his tail. His pupils look huge and he has problems focusing, but after some petting and soft words he goes to sleep. He’s always been nervous, but tonight he hid in the moment I turned the light off so Im really worried. During the day he acts normal, eats well and plays as much as he cans.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There may be something going on with Bruno that he hears at night that you do not. Dogs are very intuitive, and are often aware of things that we don't hear or fell. Perhaps it may help to play soft music or something that fills his environment with sound for a few nights, or white noise, and see if he improves. If not, it might be worth discussing short term anti-anxiety therapy with your veterinarian, as something is clearly bothering him in the night time.

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Doodle
Shar-pei basset hound
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting
Pacing
Climbs on people
Confines herself

My dog suffers from anxiety attacks. They typically present as short, rapid panting, pacing, and climbing on others or under furniture. We have gotten her a thunderjacket (I believe thats what it's called), and when we catch it in the early stages (when her breathing starts to speed up) it typically helps.

We have had her for 6 years and the anxiety attacks started when i left for college making me believe it's separation based so i try to come home frequently and visit her. But lately I've noticed she gets more aniety attacks when I'm here than when I'm gone. Am I doing something wrong? Is there more I can be doing to help her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Doodle may benefit from anti-anxiety medication,though i can't say for sure without seeing her and more fully evaluating her. It would be best to talk with your veteirnarian, get a good examination, and see if she may benefit from that medication.

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Bentley
Chihuahua
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping
Heavy Breathing
barking
Increased Heart Rate
Shaking

Lately, my dog has been displaying odd symptoms of shaking, yelping, heavy breathing, rapid heart beat. Usually these instances occur after hes been outside barking (we recently have construction going on across the street.) I wonder if these episodes could be an anxiety to the construction?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The episodes that you describe could absolutely be related to the construction, as those noises don't make sense to Bentley. If you are able to take him outside when the construction isn't happening, it may help.

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Sadie
Great Dane Mix
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting
Licking

Medication Used

Bravecto

For the last couple weeks my dog has been displaying some odd behavior usually right before we go to bed. She lays down on her bed and will go from sleeping to panting a couple times and also is licking her stomach excessively. We took her to an emergency vet the other night because I was worried she may be sick, but they took her vitals and said she should be fine. I’ve been curious on whether or not these symptoms could be a sign of anxiety.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Sadie may be anxious, or itchy, or painful. Unfortunately without seeing her, I can't determine what might be going on. Since it does not seem to be an emergency, it would be a good idea to have her examined by your regular veterinarian to look at her skin, palpate her abdomen, and try to see what is happening with her. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Kona
Labrador Retriever
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Gassy
Short breaths
Vomiting
Pacing
Heaving

my puppy is 3 months old and we just got her. She keeps pacing and dry heaving but she drinks her water like theres no tomorrow. We took her outside and she wouldn't stop eating the grass and then came in side and keeps throwing up. Any idea of what could be wrong??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Kona is having some gastrointestinal distress from being in a new environment or the stress of being taken into a new home; you should withhold food for a few hours and ensure that she is hydrated. After a few hours try to offer a small portion of boiled chicken and rice to see if she can keep it down; if she is still retching, vomiting and pacing by the morning pop into your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BATMAN
Pit Bull Border Collie
17 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Scale Crust
Over affectionate
Moving head back and forth
Non-stop whining
nervous
scared
Head Tilt
dilated pupils
Drooling
Pacing
paranoid

My dog Batman has been having panic attacks for a while now. At first it only happened whenever my boyfriend was around but its been happening even when he hasn't been around. He paces back & forth, can't stop whining, thrashing hesd back & forth, drooling, dilated pupils. This will sometimes last for a whole 24-48 hours. I have an appointment with his vet next week. What can I give him for immediate relief & possible make him go to sleep.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There is not anything that I can recommend for Batman without examining him to give him relief from this problem, as we don't know what is causing it. If your veterinarian can not get you in any sooner than next week, they may be able to prescribe an anti-anxiety medication for you, you'll just need to call them and discuss that. They may be able to get Batman in sooner to be evaluated, as these episodes seem to be worsening. I hope that he is okay.

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Storm
Border Collie
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Increased Heart Rate
Panting
Shaking

My 2 year old border collie has always been afraid of a lot. However, the older she gets, the worse it gets. She was never afraid of storms before but now she runs to me trembling and trying to get into my arms to calm down. From there she takes over half a hour to calm down, unless she hears more thunder. I don’t know why is getting more and more anxious and I just want to know how I can help her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Anxieties in dogs can get worse without treatment, as they have no way to feel better or know that things are okay. Storm would probably benefit from anti-anxiety therapy to help with her fears so that they get better instead of getting worse. Your veteinarian will be able to guide you in anti-anxiety therapy for her. I hope that she is okay.

Possibly your sweet pup is having seizures. record an attack if you can and take your pup and the video to the vet for an evaluation.

Possibly your sweet pup is having seizures. record an attack if you can and take your pup and the video to the vet for an evaluation.

I’m not sure if my dog is having panic attacks or if it’s something else. He has the same symptoms like shaking, pacing, rapid heart beat, but he also will wake up from a dead sleep and start rooting his head around with his eyes open, sniff repeatedly and when he hops out of his bed he sometimes collapses and can’t hold himself up. Any recommendations?

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Finnick
Collie Shepherd Mix
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sheckles Up
Panting
Growling
barking
Hiding
Tail tucked
ears back
Shaking

Finnick came from a high kill shelter, and was put in confinement for 3 months during HW treatment at the age of 1. I first got him once treatment was done, and even tho I'm great with dogs, it took him about a week to warm up to me. He is afraid of strangers (hides and/or barks non-stop), he'll try to bite children who approach him if not on a leash. Loud noises cause him to shake violently (thunder, lawnmowers, etc..). He is a very intelligent dog; however, this fear never really subsided with training.

Currently he is living in the woods with my parents, lots of room to run and play, lots of other dogs to play with, not many people. However, he is there, cause I have been setting up our new home overseas for the past few months. Which means in 2 months, he'll have to ride in a crate on an airplane from Oregon to France, then a tunnel train to the UK. We are starting crate training right away; however, I do fear the 12+ hours of flying (& one stop in Iceland - change planes) is going to be torture on him. Sedation is not an option with the airlines. Is there anything else I could try? Once here I have a good home and professional trainer lined up for him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The Channel Tunnel part won’t be too bad as you can travel together in the same car; however it has been over nine years since I’ve lived in the UK and you should make sure that you can travel from USA-France-UK without any residence requirement in France, I know the rules have changed but I recommend you double check with DEFRA since you’re going to be entering France from a non-EU country. There are no shortcuts unfortunately, you cannot sedate Finnick and there are no other options available to keep Finnick calm; however a more expensive option is to travel on the cruise ship Queen Mary 2, I know it isn’t exactly a solution but would be a less stressful option. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.cunard.co.uk/cunard-experience/articles/its-a-dogs-life-queen-mary-2/

This move is for you but is not going to do much for your dog, you can't explain it to him. Can't he stay with your parents?

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Buddy
Staffy Bull Bullmastiff
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Whining
Trembling
frightened
Shaking

Our dog Buddy shakes and trembles so much when he hears thunderstorms and will run away and jump over the fence. And since late last year, he has been having panic attacks whenever he is left alone in the house, our fence is 6 feet high and he can jump and crawl his way over this. Lately, he is having panic attacks just from a beeping sound of a toy and also from our doorbell, he will just start shaking.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Many dogs are very scared of storms, and often know they are coming before we do. Since Buddy's anxiety is getting worse and he is starting to be scared of other noises, it might be a good idea to consider anti-anxiety medication. He may not need to be on it forever, but it seems it might benefit him until he is able to handle storms and other noises. Once he is on the medication for a few weeks, you can start desensitizing him to the minor noises by giving him positive reinforcement like a really great treat that he loves while the noise that was scaring him is happening. Your veterinarian can help you with his medication and training. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Bailey
Tibetan Terrier
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Body trembles
Looks depressed
Head down
Sad eye
Climb on furniture
Tail down
Shaking

My grans dog has funny turns I'd never seen it but heard about it.
Yesterday I was feeding my son and the dog jumped on the couch next to my mum as I was sat next to her. And all of a sudden he walks along the arm and tried to climb behind me on the rocking chair but due to me feeding they pulled him off.
I finished feeding then went to check on the dog and I went to sit on the floor to see how he was and he climbed through my legs and practically sat on my knee.
Walked about the house with him and wouldn't go anywhere without me, wherever I went he went. While all this was happening his tail was down between his legs, he was always looking down and his body shakes. If I stop walking he jumps up on me.

The turn had been going on for about 15/20 mins when I took my son in the other room and the dog followed and sat on the couch next to me then placed his head on the blanket I wrapped my son in.

This is the first time I had seen this happen but usually he got someone who's there at the time.

It is very worrying as my gran has taken him to the vets and tests have been done on his urine but nothing else.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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From your initial description it sounds more like a behavioural issue than a medical issue, all the behaviour and posture points to him being upset by you feeding or holding your son; but this behaviour occurs when you are not there so there may be another cause for it. Without examining Bailey I cannot say if there is an underlying medical issue or not, but try to think with your Grandmother if there is an event which occurred before all this started which may explain the behaviour. Also, further testing may be useful by the Veterinarian to double check if there is a medical cause or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ransom
Jack Russell Terrier mix
3 Years
Mild condition
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Can a dog have a nightmare that causes a panic attack? I took my two dogs on a long hike which I do a few times a week and they were good and tired. In the middle of the same night, one of the dogs, a mix of Chihuahua/Jack Russel terrier, also a rescue, but at the time about a year old and I've had him now about two years,he woke up and started walking around like he was really upset, he was shaking so hard I could see him shaking from across the room and half breathing and half panting.He seemed confused , like he didn't know what he wanted. I thought maybe to go out, but that wasn't it. I was very worried. I cuddled him and tried to calm him down. He didn't try to hide, but he did get off the bed and go lie down alone, and he rarely does that. When I was comforting him, he was accepting of it, so I just held him and if I got up to go to another room, he would follow me so I also started carrying him around because he likes that. After about thirty minutes he started to calm down. I have only see this one other time in my truck when I turned the music up loud, I turned it down but can't remember if he calmed down, but I always have the music at that level and it's a radio with broken speakers, so I don't know if that was really the cause.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure if Ransom had a nightmare, but it seems that something did upset him. If he continues to have problems or anxiety, you may need to consider anti-anxiety therapy, but if it is a one-time thing, you may be fine to monitor him. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Sasha
Unknown
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bites Toenails
Does not like change
Whimpers
Pees
Howling
shakes

I adopted a dog who has been severely traumatized by abandonment and abuse. When I first brought her home about 1 1/2 years ago she would howl and whimper all the time. I mean ALL the time. I would go to her and sit with her and gently talk to her and pet her, now she onlys does it when I go outside to do things (Mind you she will not come outside with me), or to leave to go to town, even if someone else is in the house with her. She chews her toenails all the time. I am trying my best to give her a loving and happy home. She is Loved, and Wanted. I cannot afford to take her to an Animal behavior Psychologist so what else can I do to help her? I spoke to her vet and showed them one of the videos I have taken of her when she first came home, and they said an Animal Behavior Psychologist could help, but really I cannot afford something like that. I do leave music on for her when I leave for longer periods during the day, and if someone is home like my Son who works evenings he will tell me that she was fine. So hopefully I have that figured out, but I would like to be able to take her for walks, and on car rides, but she will not come outside with me, and if I put a leash on her she whimpers, and croches down and pees everywhere. Any change like removing the rug in front of the door or trying to put a harness on her, or remove her collar can cause her to whimper and pee, and even howl. She is not the first abused dog I have taken in, but she seems to be taking longer to overcome her trama. Breaks my heart to see her get so upset.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is hard to know what is making Sasha so upset, since you don't know her background. While a behaviorist would be a wonderful idea, anti-anxiety medication may also help Sasha. Sometimes when dogs are having these panic attacks and anxiety, they are genuinely mentally suffering, and if anti-anxiety medications are right for her, they may give her a sense of relief, as well as giving you the same. It would be a good idea to talk with your veterinarian about what is going on with her and they things that you have tried, and see if they believe anti-anxiety medications may help her. They'll be able to prescribe and monitor her, depending on what you decide. I hope that things improve for Sasha. Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/condition/panic-attacks

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Rook
Canaan
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing
Destructive
climbing on people
scratching
ears back
Rapid Pulse
Hiding
Separation Anxiety
noise anxiety
Trembling
eating trash
trying to escape
digging
Chewing
Shaking

My dog has pretty severe and rather strange panic attacks. He has at least 2-3 panic attacks per day at almost the same time everyday. He has one in the morning when my mom goes out for a run, but I'm still in the house. He has one in the afternoon around noon time. He sometimes has a third one in the late evening. Sometimes, his panic attacks are triggered by the loud noises from the Home Depot we live by and, sometimes, they are not.
When he is having a panic attack, he destroys the house. We've replaced the wooden blinds in the front of the house four times and the blinds in my room twice. He chews AND EATS the trash whether we are home or not, and he scratches/has scratched all the doors in the house. He gets walks everyday and many trips outside in the yard.
We got a kennel for him so that when we leave the house, we can put him inside and he'll stop destroying the house. He's broken out three times and one time with small locks on the door (now the kennel is all bent). We now have to use padlocks to keep him inside.
As I mentioned earlier, we tried kennels. We've trained him to go inside when he has an attack and he does. We put a black blanket over it so it feels more like a dark hiding place for him. We tried getting him to go outside more, but he hates the outdoors. As soon as he finishes his business, he runs to the backdoor and starts scratching it to go inside. We also tried leaving raw hides in the house and in his kennel and that seems to be working pretty okay.
The only thing we haven't done is put him on medication. The episodes don't last for hours; just 10 minutes or so. It's not like he's left alone very often either; there's almost always someone in the house with him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Anti-anxiety medication may help Rook. Sometimes when dogs are having these panic attacks and anxiety, they are genuinely mentally suffering, and if anti-anxiety medications are right for him, they may give him a sense of relief, as well as give you the same. It would be a good idea to talk with your veterinarian about what is going on with him and they things that you have tried, and see if they believe anti-anxiety medications may help him. They'll be able to prescribe and monitor him, depending on what you decide. I hope that things improve for him.

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Bella
Saint Bernard
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Panting
Pacing
Shaking

Our dog Bella is 9 years old and for the last year she has had around 4 panic attacks. It usually happens once the sun goes down, but here in the last week or so she has been having them frequently and today she had one this morning. She will start breathing heavily and shaking extremely bad and begging to go outside. Once outside she will lie down on the sidewalk and seems to be fine as long as she is left alone. She refuses to come back into the house for hours. We cannot figure out what is causing these panic attacks or how to control/prevent them! We did notice that she had a rash (red scab-like patches) on her belly and also we found a few scabs randomly throughout her body. Could this be related to her panic attacks?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That is odd behavior to start all of a sudden. If you can't identify anything that is happening in the house to make her so anxious, it would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian - they'll be able to look at her skin and determine if that might be related to her behavior, or if she may need snti-anxiety medication. Dogs are quite intuitive, and are sometimes aware of things in the environment that we are not. I hope that everything goes well for Bella.

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Sofie
Beagleman
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Whining
Rapid Pulse
Urinating In House
dilated pupils
Fast Breathing
Pacing
Shaking

Sofie came from an abusive home before we got her.. Whenever I leave, even for one night, she loses her appetite and won't eat until I come home, even with someone else being with her. I've tried making a safe haven for her but then she gets anxious being in her kennel too. I can't take her for car rides without her barking at everyone else in the parking lot and trying to take her anywhere can become overwhelming for her. My vet has prescribed medication for her to take the night before and the morning of her appointments but that's only for when I take her in. Is there anything else I could do to try and ease her anxiety? Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There are medications that can be prescribed for anxiety that can be used on a daily basis, like Fluoxetine, as well as others. It seems that Sofie may benefit from those medications, and you can talk with your veterinarian about whether they might help her. There are also calming pheromone collars that may help her. I hope you are able to find a remedy for her.

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Lulu bug
Chihuahua
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulties

My dog when I come home from work gets really excited that it seems like a panic attack of excitement but can’t kind of breathe like wheezing in a way and it goes away after I pet her . Should I be concerned ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There is a phenomenon in dogs called a Reverse Sneeze - you can look up videos of that and see if it looks like what she is doing. If that is what is happening, it tends to be fairly harmless, just strange, unless it is happening more frequently. If it is happening more, or you aren't sure that is what is happening, it would be a good idea to video her episodes and have her examined by your veterinarian to see if she needs any treatment. I hope that all goes well for LuluBug.

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Dewy
Labrador Retriever
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking
Licking at Genitals
Destructive
Whining
Howling

Medication Used

none

I rescued Dewy when he was 8 months old, from a lady who no longer wanted him. For the first month, he was great, but now I think he has separation anxiety. I’ve been told by my neighbors that he howls the second I leave the house until I get home from work. He is very destructive and he usually poops or pees in the house. When I am home, he is constantly chewing and licking his paws. He is constantly licking me, laying on me when I am on the couch and has become my shadow. He whines a lot as well. I have tried exercising him before I leave for work and I have tried training him. What else could I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Poor Dewy - I think that dogs genuinely suffer from separation anxiety, mentally. You'll never know what his beginnings were like, what socialization he had or how he felt being unwanted. It is somewhat common for dogs to show increasing signs of anxiety once they have been accepted to a new home, and may be unsure of their place in that home from previous abandonment. Dewy may benefit from anti-anxiety medication, at least in the short term, until he isable to build confidence in his new environment. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine if medications could help him, and prescribe a appropriate anti-anxiety medication, if appropriate. I hope that he adapts to your home.

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Blue
Staffy
8.5
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Medication Used

none

Hi my dog shakes, pants, and starts to scratch uncontrolably in corners. He then tries to squeeze into any dark space, in cupboards,behind tv & even tries to get under my kitchen units! He been having these episodes for years, but only every so often. Now its all the time. Every day

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most likely there isn’t a medical problem causing this issue but there may be something that is triggering this behaviour which can be more difficult to pin down; a visit to your Veterinarian to check his general health may be useful to rule out any medical issue but consultation with a Behaviourist may be required. It is important for you to look out for triggers for the episodes so that can be isolated and managed if possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We have a blue Pit Bull/Staffy 9 year old rescue doing the same stuff. He started out years ago with thunderstorm anxienty and now it's a daily thing on a sunny day. Heavy panting, tail tucked and jumps up on the table, coffee table, knocks lamps down, and likes to make noise. This never happens when no one is home. It only happens if someone is home. Very odd. He is 51 pounds and we give a half pill of Xanax and it works well and mellows him out. I just hate medicating him

Hello,
So my dog bug is a chihuahua and she like has this panic attack sort of like when I come from work she gets so excited that it seems like she can’t breathe and it goes away when I like grab her chest and pet her and I don’t know if I should be concerned or not. She was rescued a few years ago by a family member and always had a bump on her head it moves around it doesn’t seem to affect her but I do feel the bump I don’t know if I should be concerned again.

Omg my pitbull is named Blue too, and he is doing exactly everything your dog is doing! He will pant and tremble uncontrollably for hours. We have to hold him down with a leash so he won’t go into the bathtub or corners and dig/scratch. I am very worried about him too and the vets are not able to detect any underlying problems. 😭😭

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Gizmo
Chihuahua
7 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Little aggressive with other dog,
Whining

Our chaichaia mix Gizmo, was hurt back in September and lost both of his eyes. He adapted very quickly and acted just like always. Except when there's a lot of loud noise. My husband was using a carpet cleaner and I picked him up to try to let him know he was safe. Our other chiaichaia mix was already snuggled up next to me. Gizmo just seemed lost in his own head. He stared rubbing his head all over Boo. Who let him but it was crazy. Like he was trying desperately to do or get something from our other dog. Finially after about two or three minutes of this behavior and me petting and talking to him, he was able to relax.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfamiliar noises can be scary for dogs at the best of times, especially when they cannot see or explore what the noise is; Gizmo was probably rubbing up against Boo for comfort as he was nervous himself. I don’t think this isolated incident is anything to be too concerned about, but you should keep an eye on Gizmo and give him constant reassurance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, I rescued my dog from an abusive home but she will freak out when my dad walks into the room I can’t tell if it’s the noise cause he’s loud or if males it’s males in general or... but she will get hiccups and like just can’t breath right sometimes I get nervous when she’s upset she is very scared and jumps at any sort of sudden movement we have had her for about two years and she hasn’t stopped these sumptuous but she is being more trusting and laying on the couch and bed and being a bit more calm, what els could I do to help calm her down.

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Rudy
Shichon
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling, shaking, crying, running

I have a small 12 lb shichon dog, who is 2 years and 3 months old. My mom and brother never left him alone when he was a puppy so now he freaks out when he is left alone. However, recently when he has been left alone he has started shaking and trembling so much and for so long that it seems worse than a panic attack. Even when I am just walking around the house doing little things, he will follow me and cry and shake. When I come home, he doesn't stop trembling or shaking for a while. It gets to the point where he will be laying down next to me and just trembling. Eventually it stops, but it can take up to 20 minutes. I did notice that he knows whats going on when I put my jacket on, that I am leaving. And if no one else is home, or even sometimes when one other person is home (my boyfriend or I) he starts freaking out. But the extent of the trembling and shaking and crying is something that seems too much to be anxiety. What do you think it could be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. From your description, it might be separation anxiety, as he does not want to be left alone. Dogs genuinely mentally suffer from this disorder, and you should try and treat it if possible. There are good anti-anxiety medications available from your veterinarian that might help with his situation. It would be best to have him seen by your vet, describe his behavior, have a good exam, and discuss what therapies might be best for him. I hope that he does well.

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Ozzy
Schnoodle
6 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Whining
Increased Heart Rate
Rapid breathing
Shaking

My dog has had what i think are panic attacks a couple times, i have been with him and he was fine one moment but the next he was shaking and it sounded like he couldnt breathe so i just petted him and tried to calm him down but im worried because he has been chewing his paws alot and i dont know what to do. I find it odd how whenever he has these there is nothing that triggers it, they are very random but they are getting worse. What should i do???

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Dogs can be very intuitive and sense things that we are not aware of. There may be something in the environment that is upsetting him that you cannot sense. Since he seems to be having worsening anxiety, it might be a good idea to have him seen by your veterinarian and have a good exam to make sure that there is nothing physically wrong with him. If he seems healthy otherwise, your veterinarian can recommend an anti-anxiety medication, if it seems appropriate for him, to help him with this anxiety. I hope that he is okay.

Thank you i was thinking my dog was picking up negative energy/anxiety from living in a dysfunctional household at times. My dog has all these problems. Feel terrible, your answer hit my question on the head. Deffinatly going to bring her to the vet, I hate when she is like that. Thanks again for confirming my suspicion.

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Brinx
Labrador
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

barking
scratching
Whining
Licking

My dog Brinx seems to be suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. My daughter has tutoring and he is aggressive towards strangers or really anyone who isn’t me, my boyfriend, and my daughter. When we put him in my daughter’s bedroom, he is whining and constantly scratching on the door, trying to escape.
He also hates people with sunglasses and hoods and he hates being left alone. Yesterday, we left Brinx in the car with my daughter and she said that Brinx was trying to escape from the car. She was able to calm him down by petting him but we’re afraid that if it happens again that we aren’t able to calm him down. Brinx also constantly licks you, mostly your ankles and feet, and you can’t take your leg away from him because he’ll just pull right back. Please help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Brinx, I can't comment on his behavior, but he sounds like a very nervous, under confident dog. Training would probably benefit from some training, and possibly anti-anxiety medications. It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian and discuss referrals for trainers to work with him and boost his confidence, as well as any anti-anxiety medications that your veterinarian might feel that he would benefit from. I hope that those suggestions help, and that he becomes more comfortable.

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Ziggy
pitbull
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking, growling, hiding

Im not sure whats going on with my dog Ziggy but it seems to be getting worse. When he hear loud noises of almost any kind even some of my kids toys he starts growling and shaking bad climbs in my lap or sometimes hides in my room or laundry room. He also reacts this way to toy gun (which i put away so kids dont play with them) hats on peoples heads glasses on peoples faces. Any ideas what could possibly be going on with him?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Something has caused this behaviour to be triggered with Ziggy and it is difficult to know exactly what the cause is or how to approach managing it; generally I would recommend keeping the environment around Ziggy as calm as possible and slow introduce noises played through a computer, TV or sound systems at slowly increasing volumes to try and desensitise Ziggy from the noise. As for hats and glasses, I don’t have a solution for; continuous reassurance and allowing Ziggy to meet people outside and walk together into the home may help. You should also speak with a Behaviourist to discuss Ziggy’s condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, I rescued my dog from an abusive home but she will freak out when my dad walks into the room I can’t tell if it’s the noise cause he’s loud or if males it’s males in general or... but she will get hiccups and like just can’t breath right sometimes I get nervous when she’s upset she is very scared and jumps at any sort of sudden movement we have had her for about two years and she hasn’t stopped these sumptuous but she is being more trusting and laying on the couch and bed and being a bit more calm, what els could I do to help calm her down.

My dog BB, just recently started heavily breathing, shaking, and drooling. The doctor gave us anxiety medicine but what causing this? Maybe the confinement one, its winter so she doesn't want to go outside all that much but she is fenced in, the yard is rather large. Would winter walks help? Or should I get better medication or maybe something else?

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NoiNoi
Medium sized dog. Ears and snout like a chihuahua
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulties
Shaking

When we go out we usually leave him in my bedroom. Sometimes after I close the door and go back in for something I find him shaking. Today before we left he started to kind of lose breath. We gave him his wet food and he didn't want to eat. He was shaking too. We didn't leave until he was back to normal and ended after about 3-4 minutes. He then ate and went to his bed as normal.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining NoiNoi, I can't diagnose anything, but it sounds like he might benefit from some anti-anxiety medication. Maybe has has started to associate you leaving him in the bedroom with being alone, and he doesn't like it? It would be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian, and you can decide if anti-anxiety medications might help him, at least for a short while until he stops being nervous from whatever reason bothers him when you leave him in the bedroom. I hope that he is okay.

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Midnight
Labrador
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking
Shaking
Outbursts

I have a 6 year old Beagel, Chocolate Lab mix (named Midnight) who has been having some anxiety problems for awhile now. She shakes horribly every time she sees someone, has gone upstairs when no one was up there and began to scream like she was in pain and there was nothing up there. And currently we are taking our 7 year old yellow Lab to the hospital because she has punctured his ear. They are by eachother sides all day every day and have never gotten this way before. It is unlike both of them and I don't know whether or not they should be left alone because of this and if we need to get rid of Midnight. Please get back as soon as possible.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Midnight. Since she has been having anxiety for a little while, it might be worth a visit to your veterinarian to talk about anti-anxiety medications before you decide that you can't keep her. She sounds like she is suffering when she is that terrified, poor girl. Your veterinarian may be able to find a cause for the anxiety during an exam, or recommend appropriate medications for her so that she isn't so fearful, and is happier.

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Coltrane
Beagle
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Last night, our Sheltie was attacked by two stray dogs on our property. We called our vet who stayed (after closing time) with a tech until we could get our dog there. Although he was pretty badly hurt, our vet said his wonderful thick mane saved his life. He will have to stay at the animal hospital all weekend for antibiotic treatment, pain meds, and fluids, until Monday. We came back home and double checked our Beagle who did not seem to be part of the attack and had no wounds whatsoever. Later on, our Beagle went into the kitchen where there was still some blood on the floor from the Sheltie. He began having what looked like a seizure! He was trembling violently and drooling. He was completely unable to walk for a few minutes. He then got up and stumbled into our bedroom and laid down. After a while, he got up and walked back into the living room. Could he have had a panic attack from seeing/smelling
the blood of his "brother" on the kitchen floor?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may have been traumatic for him seeing and smelling the blood of his ‘brother’ and he is unable to see his brother until Monday; we can never know for sure what goes through a dog’s brain or the logic involved but they are loyal and loving creatures which may have strong feelings for others within the home. I would comfort Coltrane and ensure that all blood is cleared up and mopped over with bleach. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kuiper
Golden Retriever
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Whining
Trembling
Pacing
Climbing into my lap
Climbing on to furniture

My two year old golden retriever has noise anxiety and travel anxiety, and sometimes when there is nothing going on in the house he will start an episode. Pacing, whining, asking to go out and then doing nothing, he will be adamant about trying to be in my lap, wanting me to touch him. He pants and trembles. I can't tell what could be causing his episodes. He wears a thundershirt when riding or during storms/fireworks and it helps a lot but it doesn't seem to help in these attacks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some behavioural issues can be difficult to get to the bottom of, normal surrounding which we believe a dog should be comfortable with may cause some distress which may be due to sounds, smell, movement or other causes. I cannot really give you any specific advice apart from looking for possible triggers which may be causing this behaviour, but with a dog’s better hearing and sense of smell we humans may not pick up on them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Border collie , miniature poodle mix
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My dog is 2 years old . She started to freak out during the day 3 months ago. She is looking up , looking at the walls and she will smell something that freaked her out and go hide . She did not want to go inside the apartment for a while . Now it's happening at night only and early morning. But it's getting worst . She will stand up on the wall and start scratching it while crying. She seems so scared of something but I don't know what. Then she will try to go hide somewhere and then again doing the same thing for hours. She cries and barks while looking up and it seems that she is smelling something above us . I don't know what to do anymore . Poor thing is just freaking out everyday at night. I've been picking her up trying to calm her down but it is not working because as soon as I put her down she will starts again . Please help. I brought her to the vet and they said she was Healthy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This sounds like a behavioural problem or an environmental problem; there may be something in the house which Charlie is picking up on, there may be a dead rodent in the wall or something which Charlie is either scared of or is wanting to get. The strange thing is that this occurs during certain times of the day; I would recommend speaking with a Behaviourist as this is a behavioural issue and observation of Charlie’s behaviour may help in controlling this issue. There is no quick fix that I can think of I’m afraid. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

there may be ghosts or spirits in the house they do torment animals in this way

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Katy
Chihuahua
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Noise Anxiety
anxiety

My dog Katy freaks out when there's thunderstorms/rain. I tried playing calming music, but it does not work. She breaths fast, gets hot, walks around a lot, looks lost and confused. What can I do to help her calm down? I'm from Texas and we're currently suffering from #HurricaneHarvey2017 Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thunderstorms can be traumatic for dogs, even the most well mannered well trained dog can lose themselves in a thunderstorm. There is no quick fix unfortunately, but there are numerous methods to desensitise Katy to thunderstorm noise over time; there are CD’s (you may be able to get something downloaded these days) which play a thunderstorm and you start the volume off very low and slowly increase the volume over time to desensitise them to the noise. I’ve had people sing it’s praises and people who found it ineffective, but that may have been due to poor implementation. Many dog owners wish to turn to sedation during noisy events but we (as Veterinarians) do not like to do so unless a dog will do serious harm to themselves otherwise; however there is a new product on the market (around a year) which is a oromucosal gel which keeps pets calm but alert and able to show normal behaviour, there are some FDA reports about this product but are in relation to overdosing not due to proper usage of the product, speak with your Veterinarian about Sileo and if Katy is suitable for it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://news.zoetis.com/press-release/companion-animals/zoetis-announces-launch-sileo-treatment-noise-aversion-dogs
www.zoetisus.com/products/dogs/sileo/
www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm559954.htm

My springer spaniel is tethered when we are driving , and he excessively shakes and pants . What should I do to help ?

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Lexi
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog lexi has just recently started behaving very strange at nights she is panting heavily shaking and also wanting somewhere to hide when we let her outside she does not come back on command she is also very clingy when inside this has only started a few nights ago and it just is not like her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes of the behaviour that Lexi is showing which may include a bad experience in the house at night time; this may have been something very simple and normal which we as humans overlooked but a dog not being able to make sense of it makes her scared. Try to walk with her around the house and comfort her as you are doing to to ensure that she sees there isn’t anything to be afraid of. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sugar
Chihuahua
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking
Loss of Appetite
Whining
scared
Dialated pupils
Loud Breathing
Circling

My Chihuahua has these panic episodes every couple of weeks during the night. She starts by just crying and then she will want you to pick her up but when you put her down she will start crying again. She also is shaking the whole time and she won't eat. It usually lasts up to an hour or so.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These types of episodes can be difficult to narrow down a root cause, there may be a trigger which is causing Sugar to be scared; if may also be a case that she is having episodes of severe pain and is unsure of the reason why. Given the types of symptoms Sugar is presenting with during an episode, it would be best to have an examination by your Veterinarian to see if there is anything medically wrong otherwise it would be a behavioural issue and you would need to start thinking about possible triggers. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

There is a vast difference between a panic attack and fear however due to lack of research in this area it is all classed as behaviour issues. I believe it is a chemical imbalance just as it is in humans, it is not all just in the mind as western medicine would want you to believe. The area in humans that identifies these imbalances is their methylation genetics and their snp's. The area is epigentics, ie. your genetics are the loaded gun and the environment is the trigger. It is an imbalance of neurotransmitters. I would comfort your dog, she is petrified because it is in her that these sensations are happening, not an external trigger to make her frightend. I would look at her food, have you changed anything, or used different chemicals around the house. All flea collars and powders are toxic to the nervous system. It could be a build up of a chemical in her system that her body can not methylate out of the cell causing an imbalance of her own chemistry.

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PEBBLES
RAT TERRIOR
13
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing for air

MY 13 YEAR OLD RAT TERRIOR HAS A COLLAPSING TRACHEA. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN SHE WHEEZES WORSE AND I WONDER IF SHE IS HAVING A PANIC ATTACK BECAUSE HER EYESIGHT AND HEARING.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Collapsed trachea can cause distress to a dog and would reduce the amount of air getting into the lungs, this may cause the situation to get worse leading to an inadequate amount of oxygen reaching the bloodstream (hypoxia). If these episodes are becoming more frequent, it would be best to speak with your Veterinarian; surgery may not be an option due to age, but medical management may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.acvs.org/small-animal/tracheal-collapse

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Alika
Jack Russell Terrier
Three Month
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking
Licking
Licking at Genitals
Barking while alone
Sleeping all the time
looks tired
Jumps on owners lap whenever sitting

I think my dog has anxiety but I'm not sure can you help? She doesn't liking be alone or in her cage , she trembles while sleeping or twitches. She's been sleeping more often then she use to.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Alika may have separation anxiety when you leave her in her cage, trembling and twitching may or may not be clinically significant and puppies sleep a lot. Alika may just need to learn to be alone when you’re not there, when you put her in the cage she feels abandoned. I would bring these points up with your Veterinarian when you take her for her next course of vaccinations. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

when driving my springer spaniel is tethered and he shakes excessively and pants. What do I do ?

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