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Posted on 09-13-2017
At Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic, our Canton veterinarian is committed to providing your dog with the highest standard of care throughout every stage of life. One thing that many dog owners bring up when they bring their pups in for their routine wellness exams is that of behavioral issues, such as persistent howling. If your dog displays this behavioral problem, there are some things you'll want to know.
First of all, occasional barking or howling is not necessarily something to be concerned or upset about. It is in your dog's nature to bark and yowl, so don't be surprised if he or she does so when other dogs are barking/howling in the neighborhood, or when a fire truck siren can be heard in the distance.
Still, there are potentially problematic causes of persistent howling. One of the most common is that of separation anxiety, which means your dog will most often howl while you're away from home. You may never know about it unless your neighbors tell you, though separation anxiety is usually accompanied by other signs, such as destruction of property. If this is the case, you should take measures to treat your dog's separation anxiety, which our vet can help with.
In some cases, an underlying medical issue may be causing your pet pain or distress. As a result, your dog may howl or bark as means of coping with it or trying to draw your attention to it. Give your dog a once-over to make sure there are no obvious injuries or signs of trauma.
If your dog is howling and you aren't sure of the cause, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with our Canton veterinarian so we can evaluate your dog's health and make sure there are no health concerns. To book your pet's appointment, contact Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic today. You can reach us at (770) 479-1905.
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