14 Best Dog Anxiety Medication & Products

Some dogs suffer from anxiety. When a dog is anxious, this may lead to nervous pacing, whining, or destructive behavior. Here are some of the best choices for dog anxiety relief, from medications to treats, and even products your dog can wear that help them feel safe and relaxed.

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You may just want your dog to lay down and be cool, but it could be that they're trying to tell you something. Especially in the case of rescues, you might have no sense of what causes their unrest.

Different dogs can have different triggers — some dogs suffer from separation anxiety, which is probably the most common, but others could have environmental triggers like upsetting smells or nearby noises you can't quite pick up on.

This can cause them to tear up bedding, urinate or defecate in the home, or bark constantly when left alone. Dogs can also express anxiety over new people and new situations, such as when the family is getting ready to move or when they need to go for a car ride. My eldest dog gets very nervous when we pack, even though he's never been left alone during a transition. He just doesn't like the commotion and the change of routine. Dogs tend to be creatures of habit, so you might also turn to these products when you know a disruptive event is on the horizon, such as the birth of a baby or the introduction of a new pet.

If you haven't had your dog for the entire course of its life, you could be working against some past trauma. If they're especially skittish in certain situations and you can pinpoint why, you can deploy dog anxiety medication and other products to help ease their discomfort as part of a larger conditioning or training habit. Even with these products, it may take some time to see results. If you start to see changes, you may find that these products work better over time.

It's important to note that not all dogs will respond favorably to anxiety medications and other products. Some may become lethargic while others may not stop their anxiety symptoms. It's best to check with your veterinarian about how to proceed. These products tend to be harmless (except in the case of unknown allergies), so it probably won't hurt to try them. For some dogs these treatments can work wonders, but in some cases, retraining and a lot more patience may be required. You may also want to check out our dog toothpaste and dog dental chews posts to find even more effective treatments for dogs.

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