Dog Anxiety Awareness Week

What is Dog Anxiety Awareness Week? 

Dog Anxiety Awareness Week is an annual observance held during the first full week of May, with this year's dates falling from May 6th to May 12th, 2024. This dedicated time serves to raise awareness about anxiety in dogs and advocate for their well-being. By shedding light on the challenges faced by millions of dogs across the United States, this initiative aims to encourage pet owners to seek support and resources for their anxious companions.

Origins and Significance

Dog Anxiety Awareness Week has been officially recognized since 2020 and takes place during the first full week of May every year. Despite its widespread impact, dog anxiety remains overlooked or misunderstood, leading many pet families to struggle in silence without access to proper support or resources. Increased awareness can help reduce stigma surrounding the issue, encouraging open dialogue and proactive intervention. 

Sources of Anxiety

Staying Home Alone

For dogs, inherently social creatures, the prospect of being left alone can be distressing. Separation anxiety, affecting over 30% of dogs, is a common manifestation of this fear. When left alone, dogs may exhibit behaviors such as destructive chewing, incessant barking, or indoor elimination as coping mechanisms for their distress. 

These behaviors not only cause discomfort for the dog but can also strain the bond between pet and owner, leading to emotional turmoil for both parties. 

Travel, Fireworks, Thunder

Events like travel or exposure to loud noises such as fireworks or thunderstorms can trigger anxiety in dogs, heightening their stress levels and leading to a range of behavioral responses. 

During travel, dogs may experience motion sickness or discomfort from the unfamiliar environment, exacerbating their anxiety. Similarly, the sudden onset of loud noises like fireworks or thunderstorms can evoke fear and panic in dogs, prompting behaviors such as hiding, pacing, or excessive panting as they seek refuge from the perceived threat. These situations not only cause immediate distress but can also have lasting effects on a dog’s emotional well-being if left unaddressed. 

Signs of Anxiety

Recognizing the signs of anxiety in dogs is crucial for early intervention and effective management. Dogs, unable to verbalize their emotions, communicate through their behavior, making it essential for pet owners to be vigilant and observant. Here are some signs that may indicate anxiety in dogs: 

Licking/Chewing Themselves - Excessive licking or chewing of paws and body parts

Pacing/Restlessness - Constant movement without settling down

Destructive Behavior - Chewing furniture, digging, or tearing household items

Excessive Panting - Especially in stressful situations

Hiding or Withdrawal - Seeking solitude or avoiding social interactions

Support with Zen Frenz Products

Fortunately, there are various solutions available to alleviate your pet’s anxiety. We offer a range of all-natural CBD products and Non-CBD Products specially formulated to provide calming support for dogs and cats. Our Zen Drops are an excellent choice for promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety. With options available for both dogs and cats, our drops offer stress relief, balanced behavior support, and anti-inflammatory benefits. 

For on-the-go relief, consider our delicious Zen Bites. These soft chews, available in mouth-watering Bacon & Beef flavor, are infused with CBD to help keep your pet Zen in any occasion. With 5 MG of CBD per chew, they provide natural calming support for your furry companions, promoting healing, pain management, and appetite support without causing drowsiness. 

Dog Anxiety Awareness Week has been a crucial time to spotlight the challenges faced by millions of dogs and advocate for their well-being. By understanding the sources and signs of anxiety in our pets, we can provide them with the support they need. Zen Frenz aims to be the future of pet wellness by offering effective solutions to alleviate anxiety. Awareness of human anxiety is on the rise. Let’s extend that same level of understanding and support our canine companions. 

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