Pet Anxiety Awareness kicks off June 2-8, 2019.

Get Expert Advice on Managing Fear, Anxiety, and Stress in Pets

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than watching your pet pant, drool, whine, hide or even harm themselves because they suffer from fear, anxiety or stress (FAS).

Despite the fact that that an estimated 50% of pets suffer from FAS, this condition is still not well-known and pet parents may not know where to turn for help. That’s why I created Pet Anxiety Awareness Week in partnership with experts and veterinary organizations. PAAW will officially be observed this year on June 25-July 1, 2018.

The goal of this special week is to spread the word about FAS and help pet parents find real solutions. In addition to the resources below, I’ll be posting blogs about helpful products, sharing advice from other experts, and interviewing leading authorities on this important issue.

Pet Anxiety Awareness Week began with Kristen's dog, Buck.

Why devote a whole week to pet anxiety?

I am Kristen Levine, pet living expert and founder of Pet Anxiety Awareness Week (PAAW).Through my own personal experience with my heart-dog, Buck, I understand the struggle pet parents face when dealing with fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS).

For some pet parents, the stress and complications of having a pet with FAS can become too much. Behavior problems, often related to FAS, are the number one reason pets are surrendered to shelters.

By devoting an entire week to this heartbreaking and difficult issue, I hope to make pet parents more aware of it and give them everything they need to help their best friend, including education, tools, resources, and most of all, hope!

Sileo®, Title Sponsor for Pet Anxiety Awareness Week 2018Special Thanks to Our 2019 Veterinary Sponsor, SILEO®

SILEO is a medication prescribed by your veterinarian to help calm your dog when frightened by loud noises (noise aversion). Common noise aversion triggers include fireworks, thunder, construction work, traffic or street noise, celebrations, vacuum cleaners, and smoke detectors. SILEO is different from other treatments and medications because it is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for noise aversion in dogs. It’s clinically proven to be safe and effective without other treatments or training and it calms without sedating through an easy-to-administer, at-home treatment.

How do you know if your pet is suffering from fear, anxiety, or stress?

What Exactly is FAS?

Fear, anxiety, and stress is the result of a neuro-chemical reaction in a pet’s brain. It can be brought on by any number of situations, including a sudden change in their environment, past trauma, being left alone, certain medical conditions, storms or fireworks, and breed. But many times, it’s impossible to know exactly why a pet is displaying signs of FAS.




Pets with FAS may have symptoms such as:

  • Panting or shaking
  • Excessive vocalization
  • Destructiveness
  • Hiding
  • Inappropriate elimination
  • Aggression
  • Self-harm

Although dogs may be more apt to display more obvious symptoms, cats can suffer from FAS as well. In fact, veterinary behaviorist Dr. Lisa Radosta says that “Cats have as much fear, anxiety, and stress as dogs in the home environment (but) cat owners are less aware of FAS because a hiding cat may not seem like a stressed cat to them.”

Articles and Video to Help Your Pet with Fear, Anxiety, and Stress.

Expert Articles and Videos on Pet Fear, Anxiety, and Stress (FAS)

If you’re a pet parent whose dog or cat is suffering from FAS, I invite you to use this page to learn more about FAS and to access valuable, expert guidance on the subject. In addition to the resources listed here, be sure to speak to your family veterinarian as well. He or she can help you put together a comprehensive treatment plan for your pet’s specific needs.

If your pet’s problem is severe, consider consulting with a board-certified veterinary behaviorist near you through the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.



In addition to the above resources, you will find numerous helpful articles on Fear, Anxiety, and Stress in Pets right here on the Pet Living Blog.

Innovative products designed to calm your pet

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Embrace Pet Insurance - Supporter of Pet Anxiety Awareness Week

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PAAW Industry Partners

Fear Free - Taking the pet out of petrified

Fear Free ℠

Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear FreeSM initiative aims to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments. Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved, including pets, their owners, and veterinary health care teams. The end result? Calmer, more accepting patients, more compliant clients, and better veterinary care.



Vetvine - Supporter of Pet Anxiety Awareness WeekVetVine

VetVine® is an online educational resource for veterinary professionals, pet care providers, and allied industry friends and supporters of the profession. Powered by veterinary specialists and industry experts, VetVine® also provides educational resources including webinars and articles on pet health topics for pet owners.

Expert Spokespersons

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








Pet Anxiety Awareness Week with Kristen LevineKristen Levine

As a pet living expert, whether I’m reviewing a great new product, or telling an inspirational “tail” – I know pet parents seek content and connections with people 
who love pets as much as they do.

Laura Nativo is a proud spokesperson for Pet Anxiety Awareness Week!Laura Nativo

Laura Nativo is a TV host, pet lifestyle expert, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner and proud dog mom. With her tips on positive reinforcement training, she helps make dog training easy, accessible and fun for both ends of the leash.