Anxiety is a normal survival behavior for all animals. The reaction can result in temporary immobility, defense or fleeing. It is fear that can be actual or imagined
A deer crossing a road at night in front of a moving car will freeze in the beams of the headlights. A dog can become aggressive when threatened. A horse will run when startled. Human beings experience all three of these situations depending on the person and their exposure so pet owners can understand how their animal feels when frightened.
A fear that is perceived and not real has probably been a learned behavior and can gradually be unlearned. Real threats results in previously describe reactions. Whether real or perceived anxiety is very stressful to an animal and in some cases can result in illness or death.
Separation anxiety is the most common and is exhibited by excess barking or meowing. Reaction to danger can result in uncontrolled urinary and bowl excretion and cowering. Birds are extremely susceptible to stress their high metabolism can cause them to fall into shock even before the owner is aware of a situation.
These phobias usually emerge in older puppies. The toy breeds will shake uncontrollably. Most dogs will tuck their tails. Cats will hide. These behaviors can be caused by social and environmental isolation as young animals.
There might not be an obvious cause for anxiety. It is advised to check with a veterinarian to be sure there is no physician problems causing the situation. If your pet has a clean bill of health then there are steps to take to relieve these fears.
For dogs and cats slowly let them face what frightens them. Have a job for your dog this will be a distraction from the fear. Birds should have a large enough cage to accommodate their size and stocked with plenty of toys.