Tips to reduce travel anxiety of your pet
Anxiety is a common problem not just in humans but also among animals these days. You cannot define anxiety or its symptoms in a standardized way. Because different people feel anxious in varied manners and that too if animals are suffering from anxiety they reveal their symptoms in different ways. Some animals may whine or bark continuously while some may shiver and whimper. If you are living with a pet, you may know how destructive or hostile a pet can become when it is anxious. Some pets may lose their feelings for hunger and some may become fully withdrawn if their anxiety problem is not noted by their owner or caretakers.
If you plan to take your pet for a trip, then you should be prepared for the pet's motion sickness and travel anxiety as well. At times, some pets get into these problems without our awareness, thus creating chaos in tourist places and limiting our fun experiences. If you consult experts, you will get proper advice on how to manage the travel anxiety of pets. Here are some of the tips.
1) If your dog or cat has extreme travel anxiety, then it is important for them to undergo long-term behavioral therapy. Regular exercise and proper mental stimulation can go a long way in reducing stress and anxiety among pets.
2) When your pet is moody, don't frown or shout. Instead, speak to your pets in a soothing manner thus helping them to calm down. You can also play some soothing songs so that your pet's nerves are calm.
3) You can also get their favorite toy with you or a thing that they cherish the most so that whenever they feel anxious, you can show them the thing to change their mood.
4) Your calming touch is quite important. However, if your pet still doesn't respond to all of these caring mannerisms, you can get your pet to visit a veterinarian doctor who will give the required therapy to reduce the overall anxiety of your pet.
5) Pets generally have their own mechanisms to reduce their anxiety levels. And each pet's coping mechanism differs based on the situation and the environment they are in. If the travel period is increasing your pet's anxiety, you can notice the same by checking out the symptoms like loss of hunger, peeing anywhere, abnormal behavior, and not obeying the commands, among others.
6) If during the travel period, your pet feels that it is going through separation anxiety, then make sure to keep it engaged with some or the other thing that it loves the most. You can provide it with the required training so that it understands how to react in different situations.
7) You can be mindful of your pet's changing behavior and act accordingly. It is also important to be in consultation with an expert or vet doctor if things don't go as per your plan during the travel period.
8) Active or younger pets are more likely to suffer from travel anxiety because they are not prone to changes immediately. Once you train them or make it a habit for them to travel at frequent intervals, they will get adapted and reduce their anxiety levels eventually.