Panic attacks in dogs involve sudden onset of extreme anxiety, fear, and stress, leading to physical symptoms like panting, pacing, shaking, and more.
Signs of a panic attack in dogs include heavy panting, pacing, trembling, hiding, restless behavior, and acting frantic.
Loud noises, separation anxiety, trauma, and phobias can trigger panic attacks in dogs. Genetics and chemical imbalances may also play a role.
If panic attacks happen frequently or severely, take your dog to the vet to rule out medical issues. A vet can provide anxiety medication if needed.
Try calming essential oils, Thundershirts, pheromone diffusers, calming treats, and keeping routines consistent to help soothe an anxious dog.
Dogs feel calmer with a comfortable crate or bed in a quiet room. Providing this safe space during panic attacks can help.
Desensitization training, counterconditioning, and positive reinforcement can help minimize panic attack triggers over time.