Dog anxiety — how to help your best friend feel better

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Dog Anxiety Symptoms:

Often, the symptoms of anxiety in dogs can appear to be simply bad behaviour or cross over with symptoms of other conditions, which makes anxiety in dogs a little tricky to recognise immediately. Because our precious fur-babies can’t tell us exactly what’s bothering them, it’s important to take them to the vet for a check-up before self-diagnosing. Nonetheless, here are some symptoms to look out for and bear in mind.

  • Urinating or defecating in the house.
  • Destructive behaviour.
  • Excessive barking.
  • Repetitive or compulsive behaviours.

What To Do If Your Dog Has Anxiety

First things first — always go to your vet first. Your veterinarian will be able to help you come up with a treatment plan. Since excessive anxiety is often caused by a variety of factors, the best way to treat it is usually through a combination of training, preventive strategies, natural calming supplements and medications.

How Hemp Seed Oil Works to Ease Anxiety in Dogs?

Fatty Acids

  • High amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids, oleic acid, linoleic acid (LA / omega-6), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA / omega-3) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). The LA:ALA ratio normally exists in hemp seed oil at 3:1 level. This proportion has been proposed to be ideal for a healthy diet.
  • Hemp is currently one of the very few natural food sources of GLA, i.e., not requiring the consumption of extracted dietary supplement. GLA is a key anti-inflammatory fat; it also regulates hormones and supports healthy skin and coat. GLA is considered “conditionally essential.” That means pets need to get GLA from their diet. LA converts to GLA but this conversion needs a specific enzyme (D6D) and five key nutrients (magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin B3, vitamin B6), all of which are abundant in hemp seed oil.

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Dr. Ailsa Rutherford

Dr. Ailsa Rutherford

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Senior practicing veterinarian. Member of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons in Emergency. Head of Animal Health at Buddy Pet P/L.