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Dog stress: treatment options


Dog stress has become a big issue in veterinary medicine. There are countless causes of stress and various symptoms. It is important that your four-legged friend receives the right treatment so that the inner restlessness ends and your four-legged friend can lead a relaxed dog life. A stressed dog needs rest - Image: Shutterstock / Jaromir Chalabala

First of all: A stressed dog is almost always a case for the veterinarian. Especially if your four-legged friend shows strong symptoms of stress, you should consult your veterinarian and, if necessary, consult an animal psychologist. It is important to uncover possible fear and disruptive factors in the animal's environment and to carry out cause research. Only then can targeted treatment begin.

Treat dog stress with desensitization

If your four-legged friend is suffering from stress, an animal psychologist can help. He first investigates the causes of the stress in the home and usually also includes animal owners and family members. Once the causes of the stress have been found, desensitization under professional guidance can help your dog. Your four-legged friend is repeatedly exposed to the situation that triggers stress - but in "small doses". For example, if your dog is afraid of thunderstorms, you can work with the animal psychologist to gradually get used to the unpleasant noises using sound recordings.

Medicinal treatment for stress

If stress needs to be treated with medication, various preparations can be used. Common to all is that you should calm the dog down. In any case, you should always discuss drug treatment for stress with your veterinarian and never act alone. Many medicines that promise help with stress can have fatal consequences if overdosed - up to and including death. There are also dog breeds that react intolerably or even contradictingly to certain medications, so that anxiety and stress can even be exacerbated.

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Homeopathy as an alternative

Naturopathy is an alternative to conventional medicine. Because, just like for humans, there is homeopathy for dogs. An experienced naturopathic veterinarian could prescribe homeopathic drops or globules for your dog, for example. When it comes to naturopathic treatment, the prescription of individual preparations is usually preceded by a thorough medical history, so that it is ensured that the right active ingredient is selected for your dog. As a rule, you do not have to expect severe side effects with homeopathic remedies, since the natural active ingredients are usually well tolerated.