What causes anxiety in pets?
"Anxiety can stem from an internal or external stimulus," Goldman said.
Whether this behavior is something to be worried about depends on the severity and the frequency. If it happens once, it's probably no big deal. But if it's recurring and clearly distressing for your dog, it's time to consult an expert.
But what is it that creates anxiety in our pets? According to Dr. Jill Sackman, a senior medical director atBluePearl Veterinary Partners' Michigan hospitals, it may be the same things that trigger human anxieties.
"Dogs experience anxiety in new and overwhelming situations, like visiting the veterinarian's office (white coat syndrome) or being boarded in a kennel away from home and separated from the things that are safe and familiar," she told The Dodo.