Anxiety In Labrador Retrievers: Causes and Treatment for Phobia In Lab
Causes of Phobia in Labrador Retrievers
- Causes of anxiety in Labrador Retrievers can be related to a specific fear of something in particular or an ever present inner turmoil where the dog is overstressed.
- Some dogs are predisposed to anxiety problems, but labs are generally more laid back and well balanced mentally.
- Thunder and lightning can be scary for all dogs.
They don’t like loud noises and the flashing lights probably startle them.
- All in all, most dogs will get over minor incidents of nervousness relatively quickly and move on to bigger and better things.
- In dogs with true anxiety problems, their emotional stress can easily turn into physical signs of self destruction. Also read liver cancer in dogs (canine).
Symptoms of Phobia in Lab Retrievers
- A dog with anxiety may exhibit a constant whining and withdrawal from areas where family gathers. They just cannot seem to deal with all the extraneous noises.
- Many times a dog will sleep their days away in a quiet place.
- Appetites in anxious dogs can be ferocious or very limited.
- Some dogs resort to an obsessive compulsive behavior and continually lick then selves, bite themselves and create multiple problems with their skin integrity and secondary infections.
- Anxious dogs can suffer alopecia, or loss of hair from stress.
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Management and Treatments for Anxiety in Labrador
- Treatments and home remedies for anxiety in Labrador Retrievers and other dogs should be centered around decreasing the stress levels in the dogs environment.
- Try using natural herbs and remedies to give your dog the peace and serenity it so desperately needs.
- Tranquilizers are available for extreme cases where self mutilation is a concern. Tranquilizers can be addictive to dogs just as with humans. Using them short term should not pose a problem though.
- Chamomile is an excellent natural relaxant. Perhaps you can mix up a tea and put it in the dogs food.
- You could also make a hot compress out of the teabag and apply it to soothe and heal open sores the dog may have created. Chamomile also functions as an antibiotic or anti infective.
- A few drops of lavender on the dogs collar or a bandanna can naturally relieve stress in your dog. Refresh it regularly for maximum effects.
- Spray some on bedding to encourage a restful nights sleep for your pooch. If necessary, apply an Elizabethan collar for the dogs own protection to give sores and lesions time to heal.
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