Signs Your Dog May Be Suffering From Anxiety

Judge rules against prescription dog food companies

Rewards 12.5 Million judgement

We are all very busy these days with the end of summer and getting the kids back to school. Emotions are high as everyone adjusts to a change from the laid back summer lifestyle.

Dogs can feel the changes too! You and your family are the center of your dog’s world. They observe us in ways we don’t even think about. They can smell our anxiety. Dogs can smell changes in the chemicals in our breath. They can read our body language as well as facial expressions and respond to the changes to our tone of voice.

As the season changes pay attention to your dog too.  They may be going through the same anxiety that you are.

shutterstock_117069988Signs of stress may include:

  • excessive barking or whining
  • decreased appetite  –  if they lose interest in their food or stop eating, it could be due to stress
  • GI issues like diarrhea, constipation, bloat. If there is blood in the vomit or stools that last longer than 24 hours, seek veterinary attention
  • isolation – if they have a change in behavior like wanting to be on their own, away from people
  • aggression
  • digging or chewing
  • dilated pupils
  • tense muscles
  • excessive licking


Just like too much stimulation in the form of play, activity, travel, and doggie day care can be challenging to your dog, so is not enough attention or a change in routine. Moving to a new home or a new addition to the family are times when we need to be aware of our dog’s reaction.

A poor diet can also result in behavioural changes.  I have had many dog owners say that a change to a whole food based diet stopped their dog’s obsessive licking.

What To Do?

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1. Make sure your dog has enough exercise. It doesn’t have to be excessive. Dogs enjoy a brisk walk around the block with you as much as they enjoy a rousing game of fetch.

2. Create a safe, cozy place to escape if your dog is feeling overwhelmed by new things, people, or events. Make sure they have access to their favorite toys or blankets.

3. Choose a high quality dog food that is rich in easy to digest, real ingredients, with no preservatives or  artificial colors that can cause stress on internal organs.

Your dog is happy when you are happy. Pay attention to your furry family and remember that they experience you through a multitude of senses. They probably know you better than you can ever imagine!

The use of Presciption dog food is one of my pet peeves and shows that the
phrase “Marketing over Mother Nature’ holds true.
If you are a dog owner, you may have heard about the class action suit
against prescription dog foods. Hills, Science Diet, Royal Canin and Purina
are some of the brands that are accused of misleading consumers and
veterinarians about the benefits and ingredients of their products. The
lawsuit claims that:

  • these companies charge premium prices for prescription dog foods that are not significantly different from regular dog foods. In fact, they are made in the same facilities, using the same suppliers as low-quality grocery store brands like Alpo and Beneful.
  • they do not have any scientific evidence to support their claims of treating or preventing various health conditions in dogs. They are not made in facilities that follow traditional drug manufacturing protocols.
  • that these companies have violated consumer protection laws and engaged in false advertising.

The class action suit was filed in 2019 by a group of dog owners who purchased prescription dog foods from these brands for their pets. They are seeking refunds, damages and an injunction to stop the companies from selling prescription dog foods without proper authorization and
. The suit is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Prescription dog foods are supposed to be specially formulated to address specific health issues in dogs, such as kidney disease, diabetes, allergies, obesity and more. However, according to the lawsuit, these products are not
regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other agency,
 and they do not require a prescription from a veterinarian to be sold.

The lawsuit claims that these companies have exploited this loophole to market their products as prescription dog foods, even though they are not approved or tested by any authority.

This suit also accuses these companies of using low-quality ingredients and fillers in their prescription dog foods, such as corn, wheat, soy, by-products and artificial colors and flavors. These ingredients may not only be ineffective for treating or preventing health conditions in dogs, but they may also cause adverse reactions and allergies in some dogs. The lawsuit cites several examples of dogs that suffered from health problems after
consuming prescription dog foods from these brands, such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, skin infections, kidney failure and death.

The lawsuit seeks to hold these companies accountable for their deceptive and unlawful practices, and to provide compensation and relief to the dog owners who have been harmed by them. It also aims to protect the public interest and the welfare of dogs by ensuring that prescription dog foods are properly regulated and labeled, and that consumers and veterinarians are informed about their benefits and risks.

Please be aware that the FDA does not review or verify the health claims on any veterinary diet.

Take a close look at the ingredient list and ask your vet for evidence that the foods in the prescription diet are any better than most regular diets. Also please keep in mind that while your vet has the best intentions, they get little or no nutrition training and often what little training they do get comes from the very companies that are named in these lawsuits. 

Ultra processed foods made with poor quality ingredients are not what your dog needs if they are suffering from an illness. Give your dog a fighting chance with fresh, quality foods for a long and healthy life. 

This lawsuit was settled in July of 2021. Hills Pet Food paid $12.5 million to participants.

Is it any wonder that here at Lucky Dog Cuisine we believe wholeheartedly “Fresh is Better”
The food we send your dog is the exact same food we feed our own beloved pack. 


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