If so, your dog likely has an anxiety disorder. I get frustrated whenever I think about it that it can even happen and nobody can stop it. By using this site, you signify that you agree to be bound by these Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. I now focus on things I am doing at that moment. I can't imagine my dog being left in the house. Granted, one of our dogs is older and had major health issues last year, but now I freak out with every little thing about him. Anxiety in this case is most often caused by boredom and loneliness, perhaps associated with a previous negative experience while left alone. It’s normal when they are in an uncomfortable situation. Welcome to the world of worriers I'm pretty sure almost all of us here do or have shared similar experiences, I know I have minus the pets that is. This means your 10-pound dog will drink a little over a cup of water every day whereas a 50-pound dog … Just remember your dog is just happy to be with you. Separation anxiety peeing in dogs takes place when the owner leaves the home. Even maybe it's a mild tummy ache, a loss of apettite or she's drinking less water.Even before i sleep, i can't imagine her being not on my side without wondering if she really is sick and i'm not there to quickly respond and even lose her too. I try to cherish every moment. I just couldn't switch off from the horror stories. x. I could have written your post myself! With separation anxiety, a dog that’s left alone for a period of time exhibits anxiety or excessive distress behaviors. I worry my depression is affecting her, my anxiety and I worry about her being sad because I don’t have the energy to exercise her enough. I know that the lives my dogs lived were rich, loving, and indeed cushy. Bramwell, like you, I wouldn't be bothered about my belongings in the slightest if a burgular broke in, only the dog! When im upstairs with the cats and shes just laying at the base of the stairs(she is way too hyperactive for the cats and fights ensue if i do) i always feel like im failing her...i feel constant guilt if i have any spare time and its not with her...since she doesnt have a friend at home...at least the cats have each other so my guilt with that isnt there as much. I took Paxil for about 6 months and found the side-effects, and my horrid behavior towards others, to be not worth it. Like everyone else here, I cannot stand animal abuse and bawl when ASPCA commercials come on. I know people will let their pets bake in the sun without water and it drives me crazy. I find one of the things I think about is all of the horrible things that go on in the world and that are happening right now, how can anyone be happy when there is so much awful stuff going on and people are so cruel to others and to animals. Developing a consistent, predictable routine and environment is the best way to help these dogs feel safe at home. I've experienced two cats that i've cared for a short time and it didn't end well. Absolutely my anxiety attacks were (are) much worse when I've over-indulged. My biggest fear is the house catching fire! The first time I had feelings of doom and worry were about ten years or so ago when I had a hangover. I imagine her face being sad and her feeling depressed. Lol I have.3. For instance my partner took our dog into work with him this morning and I walked out without even checking the switches. However, it becomes a problem when your dog exhibits many of these symptoms at the same time, any one of these symptoms to the extreme, or is in a constant state of anxiety. I went through a period where I couldn't get the horrible stories out of my head and I would just sit and sob or my stomach would be in bits to the point where I couldn't eat my lunch. Separation anxiety is the most common specific anxiety in companion dogs. This was very upsetting obviously but this has reinforced the feelings of' what I'm worrying about can actually happen!'. I still have anxiety over him now, even though he has passed away at the age of 17. Add that to my health anxiety and general worrying and some days I'm a wreck. Your dog may not seem as energetic or may prefer to rest during the day. My financial situation made me unable to get an alarm system for 3 months! It's keeping me up at night and affecting my work. I also have terrible anxiety over animal abuse. All the best. I am sick to my stomach all the time. I will try to just enjoy walks out with my dog rather than thinking something will happen, but it will be so hard. Unfortunately, a cause for anxiety can’t always be determined. I have spent 1000s taking him to vet when ther is nothing wrong with him bit I imagine alsorts is going on! I still wonder sometimes did I do everything for him, was I a good protector, I always feel as though I failed him at the last minute. A behaviorist or trainer can also help pinpoint their trigger and recommend ways to help them calm down. Then the issue becomes me deciding who im going to spend my time with when home from work. I had a burglar alarm installed in my house as I was worried that someone breaking in would hurt my dog NOT that they'd steal my belongings. Pet owners may also observe excessive panting and/or pacing. I put a ad in the paper for someone to walk my pooch But no luck so far. Thank you so much for all of your comments, It's comforting to know that you guys feel the same. Sometimes what is actually general anxiety is shrugged off as a common characteristic of a breed when, in fact, is not necessarily a “normal behavior”. Same here worry about my dog every single day, Yes I do my dog is getting old and I worry so much about her I ask my kids two come look after if I go the shop I'm watching her all the time case anything happened two her. A dog with general anxiety is almost always walking around nervous like they are waiting for something to go wrong. Like, she is literally my puppy-daughter. Many dogs receiving steroids demonstrate excessive and inappropriate panting that typically goes away within a few weeks after the medication is discontinued. I would never leave him tied up outside a shop, just incase he would get loose or someone would steal him. “It is easy to identify a dog who has a pacing problem. I almost start crying just at the thought and rush home. I always check the oven, gas hobs, electric switches, just so I know I am leaving him in a safe environment when I go but I count down the hours that I can get home to him. I'm glad you're taking the steps to recovery and wish you the best of luck. But will keep working on it and find joy in the little things and hopefully they will overtake the bad thoughts one day! I was helping care for my grandmother 4 nights a week. A dog can also have general anxiety. I think that these stories are part of why I think someone may hurt my dog on purpose. I was so relieved to read this and know there are others that experience the same thing I do. I feel although I want peace I can't fathom having it totally with all the evil in the world. We have a Hungarian Vizsla. Just as people with anxiety might bite their nails or twirl their hair, dogs can have physical responses to psychological upset, too. gatita, you are right, I do need to live in the present more, I find that a lot of the time the anxiety ruins whatever I am doing as I'm just worrying or wanting to get back home. I just can't stop it and my husband doesn't understand why I'm so stressed. Other reasons your dog may hump Stress/Anxiety. Excessive urination and excessive thirst in dogs is medically known as Polydipsia, defined as a water intake of over 100 ml/kg/day. "Dogs are naturally fearful of those events because they are loud and scary, so they learn to associate the [lower level] noise of wind or rain with those events," Dr Mornement says. I just think as long as I give my dog the best life that's all I can do, I also try to raise money for animal charities where I can. I too have visions of something going horribly wrong in the house and something happening to him. there is no cure. This type of training/retraining can be time-consuming. it breaks my heart thank u for sharing how u are it actually helps to know u are not alone x. I am in the same boat as everyone here.. especially louisewiley. My husband and I got two dogs about 2 years ago and I find myself constantly worrying about them, whether they are out in the back yard or in their kennel. enjoy your time spent with your dog and dont worry about the future! Like u I was so worried about their safety not my belongings. I adore my dog, he is my best friend and he was by my side through really horrible periods of anxiety and depression, I would hate it if anything happened to him. Thank you. Lol) I also keep a journal of things that have made me happy. After I lost 2 of my cats within 2 months a couple yrs ago(one i found dead, one i had to put to sleep) I have become obsessively worrying about my remaining pets(1 dog 2 cats). It was kind of a relief to know that it is actually a thing as I didn't really know what was happening. 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