What is Aggression?
Pet owners are often forced to address aggressive behavior in their dogs and cats. If your pet barks, bites, growls, hisses or scratches other animals, children or strangers in certain situations then he may have a problem with aggression.
What Causes Aggression?
Animals instinctively want to protect themselves when they are in a defensive situation but this type of behavior is not always acceptable in a domestic environment. Aggressive behavior in animals can be extremely disconcerting and worrisome for the owner and if not controlled causes serious harm to others.
In a dog with an aggression problem, you need to take notice of its body language or posture – it may lower its head, flatten its ears, raise its hackles, pull back its lips or wrinkle its muzzle. In cats, some visible warning signs of aggressive behavior include spitting, hissing, ears pointed forward or to the side, the tail is held downward with the tip swaying from side to side and tends to hold its rump higher than the rest of its body.
Your cat will assume a crouching position; the eyes will appear dilated with the hair on the body puffed up and claws out when it wants to attack. There are a number of factors that may cause aggression in pets and these include excitability, socialization problems, breeding, fear, inter-male rivalry and territorial tendencies, maternal fears in order to protect her litter or underlying physical symptoms such as pain or discomfort.
To fully understand and deal with your pet’s aggressive behavior, you should consult your veterinarian for a thorough physical examination to rule out any other medical conditions.
Socialize your pet at an early age by developing a relationship from the beginning is very important – you need to show and teach him that you are boss and leader of the pack! Exposing him to various people and situations, attending obedience classes and consulting a qualified animal behaviorist will also ensure that you have a well behaved, controlled dog or cat.
Help for Aggression
Herbal and homeopathic remedies have also proven to be a highly effective natural solution to soothe and calm your pet’s aggressive behavior. These remedies are safe to use for your dog or cat and helps to promote a more peaceful demeanor.
Two well known herbs such as Scutellaria laterifolia (Scullcap) and Matricaria recutita (Chamomilla) contain anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and calming properties to soothe your pet and minimize excitability and stress. Homeopathic ingredients such as Belladonna and Arsen Alb. benefits oversensitive highly strung and agitated pets.