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Vitality Vetcare

Phone: 02 6687 0675
4a Ballina Rd Bangalow
NSW 2479 Australia

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine

There is no separation between conventional and natural therapies.

Our priority is what is going to be of the most benefit to your animal.

Voluntary Wildlife Care

Voluntary Wildlife Care

Pro-bono treatment of Australian wildlife

We collaborate with local wildlife groups to provide excellent care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

We use Western and Chinese herbal medicines for a wide range of acute and chronic problems including skin, digestive, nervous and painful conditions.

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Homeopathy can be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of acute and long-term problems for a particular animal or group of animals.


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Anxious About Your Anxious Dog?

on Wednesday, 26 June 2019. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Dogs can suffer from anxiety too!

Anxious About Your Anxious Dog?

Dogs can suffer from fear and anxiety, just like people. Anxiety is a normal emotion that helps us react quickly to a potential threat or danger. However, excessive or inappropriate anxiety in a dog can lead to behavioural and stress-related problems.

An anxious or fearful dog is more likely to bite. The signs of anxiety or fear displayed by a dog may be subtle and easily missed, especially if a person isn’t familiar with how dogs behave. Unfortunately, we sometimes hear a person say, “He didn’t give me a warning before he bit me”.


Signs a dog may be feeling anxious include:

• licking lips

• looking away

• panting

• moving slowly or away from you

• ears to the side

• refusing to eat

• moving around continuously

• being ‘on guard’

• barking continuously

• aggression or biting

• destroying furniture

• urinating in the wrong place


Dr Sophia Yin has a great poster of the body language of fear in dogs here.

Separation anxiety is a common problem for dogs and their people. Dogs, like humans, are highly social animals. Being on their own can be highly stressful and in the wild, would have put them at greater risk from danger. Dogs have co-evolved with humans and have an uncanny ability to read the faces and emotions of people. Many of us live hectic lives and this has an impact on our pets. It is asking a lot for our canine companions to be left alone for long periods of time. Part of the strategy of managing a dog with separation anxiety is to teach them to be more independent and to arrange that your canine companion isn’t left alone for excessively long periods. This may require a dog walker or someone to visit your dog after 3-4 hours alone or doggy daycare.


If this sounds like your dog, he or she could benefit greatly from being assessed and helped individually by a vet with an interest in behavioural medicine. Dr Megan has first-hand experience with her own anxious dog, the late Bella, the dobermann. You could talk with Dr Megan about what you can do to help your dog. Options include behavioural modification, pheromone products, herbal medicine, homeopathy, drugs or referral to a veterinary behaviour specialist. The earlier you get help, the better for your pet.

Opening Hours

10am - 6pm Tue - Thur

Consultations by appointment only. A late appointment may be available on Thursday evenings

Late cancellation fees may apply


Emergencies: please call your referring general practice vet or

North Coast Emergency Vets, Ballina 0424 054 056 weekends & PH

Animal Emergency Service, Carrara, Gold Coast 07 5559 1599


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