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How Does My Dog Show Anxiety

Does your dog hate thunderstorms? What about hiding when people come over? Does your dog cry and destroy things when you leave the house? Dogs can show anxiety in many different ways and to many different things. Your dog can’t speak and tell you that something is stressful but they can act out and tell you something is bothering them.

Anxiety in dogs is shown in many different ways from crying or whining for no reason, constant panting, or wandering around at night. Thunderstorms cause anxiety from pacing to crying or hiding while the storm is happening.

Dog anxiety is also common in our older pets. A lot of dogs start anxiety later in life due to the start of dementia-like symptoms. They start to have trouble seeing or hearing and may also have mobility issues, so it’s stressful or painful to move around.

If your pet has a change in behaviour like thunder phobia, destruction in the house or is crying/whining at odd times it’s time to have a discussion with one of the veterinarians at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

Good news is that anxiety can be controlled with medications and supplements. Some medications can be taken for a season (thunderstorm anxiety), and some have to be made every day if they have separation anxiety. There are products like thunder shirts which can be used for any stressful events including car rides.

Separation anxiety if caught early can be resolved with behaviour modifications and medications. The medications we use are safe for long term use and with time can sometimes be decreased to a lower level.

Remember they don’t understand why they feel stressed, so medications aren’t a bad thing to try to help them relax and relieve the constant stress. Constant anxiety without treatment can put a lot of stress on other organs like the heart and gastrointestinal system.

If your dog is experiencing signs of anxiety, it’s a good idea to have a discussion with one of the veterinarians at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital to see what medications/supplements or training is right for your dog.

Written by: Taylor, RVT

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Updated October 20, 2020

Dear Clients,

With the cold weather approaching, effective Monday, October 26th, we will be adjusting our policies to better serve you.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

3. PAYMENT METHODS

Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.

4. CHANGES TO CURBSIDE PICKUP

With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. You will be required to wear a mask and use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  5. Your order will be ready on a table with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up from the table on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items. To maintain appropriate distance, a maximum of 2 clients will be allowed in the building at a time to purchase items.

5. CHANGES TO OUR SATURDAY POLICY

We understand how important Saturday hospital hours are for our clients. Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital appreciates the dedication of our clients during this difficult time and we will continue to be open and available on Saturdays. However, due to the limited staff and the extra time required for proper sanitization between patients, we are not allowing clients to be present with their pet for the examination. This will allow us to continue to provide the high standard of care to our patients. Thank you for understanding.

6. ONLINE ORDERING 

Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!

7. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

8. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

9. OPERATION HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members!

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital