Canine anxieties and phobias: an update on separation anxiety and noise aversions

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2008 Sep;38(5):1081-106, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2008.04.012.


Companion dogs commonly experience states of anxiety, fears, and phobias. Separation anxiety and noise aversions, as discussed in this article, are especially prevalent. Veterinarians are encouraged to recognize and treat such conditions on first presentation to address welfare issues and optimize successful management. New data suggest new treatment modalities, including behavioral management, pharmacotherapy, and species-specific pheromone use. Failure to treat can result in disruption of the human-animal bond and subsequent abandonment, relinquishment, or even euthanasia of the affected dog.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anxiety, Separation / psychology*
  • Behavior, Animal*
  • Dogs / psychology*
  • Fear / psychology*
  • Human-Animal Bond*
  • Humans
  • Noise / adverse effects*