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Jessica Mannion - Thursday, July 07, 2016

New York is a city full of energy and excitement, but even the most social of us can become overwhelmed by the non-stop pace. Is it any wonder that our sensitive best friends sometimes deal with those same anxieties?

The causes of anxiety in dogs are diverse. Traumatic experiences and separation anxiety are common culprits, and sometimes aging or chronic illness can increase your dog's sensitivity to situations they formerly enjoyed.

Anxiety can be situational or chronic but the first key to dealing with both is diagnosis. Be alert for common symptoms like the half-moon eye, or unexpected behaviors like shaking when their fur is not wet.

If your dog shows symptoms of anxiety or stress, your vet should be the first place you should go. He or she can look for underlying health issues that might be the cause, and they can suggest a sensible course of action.

Diet can also play an important role in dog's behavior, just as it does in humans. Dr. Karen Becker says that many pets' diets are lacking in omega-3 fats, and that a simple change of food or adding supplements can sometimes work wonders.

If your dog does show signs of stress, one of the worst things you can do is ignore it. Chronic stress can take its toll on your pet's health, just as it can on you! So next time you take a spa day, why not take a quick assessment of your dog's stress level too? After all, best friends look out for each other!

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