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Does Your Dog or Cat Suffer from Fear, Anxiety, or Stress?

It’s Time to Call In the Experts

Dear Pet Parent,

Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to help ease your dog’s or cat’s anxiety? Are you heartbroken watching your pet suffer from symptoms of anxiety like whining, hiding, panting, drooling, and becoming downright terrified when something triggers them?

In 2017, I founded the first Pet Anxiety Awareness Month to help pet parents just like you.

According to a 2022 survey, about 57% of American dogs and nearly 60% of American cats experience signs of anxiety on a regular basis.

Why is this a big deal? Because according to Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Lisa Radosta, “Pets who have anxiety can experience what is akin to a human panic attack.” That is, they’re truly suffering!

Let’s do better by our pets.

Please use this and the following pages as your guide to understanding pet anxiety so you can help your dog or cat regain their peace and live their best life.

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Buck, the dog who inspired Pet Anxiety Awareness Month.

Meet the Experts

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Kristen Levine

Kristen Levine Fear Free certified and is a nationally acclaimed pet expert and influencer with over 30 years’ experience. She’s helped millions of pet parents provide the best care at every stage of their pet’s life through her articles, book, and speaking events.
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Dr. Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Radosta is the owner of Florida Veterinary Behavior Service. She is one of only 90 board certified veterinary behaviorists in the United States, and currently serves on the Fear Free Advisory Board and the AAHA Behavior Management Task Force.
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Dr. Marty Becker

Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” has spent his life working toward better health for pets. He is the founder of Fear Free™, an initiative to take the fear out of vet visits.
Dr. Amy Pike


Dr. Pike is a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist who specializes in preserving the human-animal bond, treating medical causes of behavior problems, and helping families fully appreciate the pet they have.
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Dr. Valarie Tynes, DVM

Dr. Tynes has been a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists since 2003 and is Board Certified in Animal Welfare. She has been actively involved in the Fear Free initiative since its inception and serves on the Fear Free Speakers Bureau.
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Sharon L. Campbell, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Dr. Campbell became Fear Free Certified in 2016 and is on the Fear Free Advisory Board and Board of Directors for IVAPM.
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Mikkel Becker, Certified Dog Trainer

Mikkel Becker is a certified professional dog trainer, dog behavior counselor, and behavior consultant for canines. As the lead trainer at Fear Free, she helps create calm spaces for pets at home and beyond.
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Dr. Alison Gerken, DVM

Dr. Alison Gerken is passionate about the physical and emotional well-being of pets. She most enjoys providing support and guidance to families as they advocate for their pet's quality of life. In addition to behavior consulting, Dr. Gerken is passionate about educating the veterinary and pet parent communities on animal behavior and welfare topics.

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Assisi® is the maker of the Calmer Canine Anxiety Treatment System® wearable device. It works by safely delivering microcurrents of targeted pulsed electromagnetic field™ (tPEMF) signals to the area of the brain involved in controlling emotions like anxiety.

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bSerene™ delivers science-based wellness solutions to bring out the best in our pets. Their calming solutions for cats and dogs include collars, spot-on applications, pheromone diffusers, and calming chews. bSerene was created on the belief that if we take care of animals, they’ll take care of us.

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