A panic attack is an anxiety disorder that causes repeated, sudden unexpected attacks of intense fear. These attacks may last from minutes to hours depending on what is causing the attack. People have said it is the most intensely frightening, upsetting and uncomfortable experiences of a person’s life. It is fair to assume the same is true for our pets.
Some common causes are: natural reaction to threat, separation anxiety, thunderstorms, strangers, aversion to people of a certain age, race, or gender, fear of other dogs, children, riding in vehicles, seasonal fireworks, smooth floors, fear from a previous terrible experience or being put in a cage.