EUGENE, Ore., May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Green Element, an artisanal CBD company, has published new original research detailing alarming levels of pet anxiety in the U.S. along with explosive growth in anxiety in dogs over the past two years during COVID. The data, available here, presents findings on causes and types of anxiety in cats and dogs and compares anxiety in dogs with data from a 2020 study of Finnish dogs.

“We’ve all known the COVID pandemic has had a significant impact on our daily lives, but now it’s clear our pets have been suffering over the same period, as well,” said Doug McHart, CEO of Green Element. “National Pet month might be coming to a close at the end of May, but the summer months will be ushering in a host of new anxiety triggers and our pets need our support and attention more than ever.”

According to Green Element research:

  • Dog separation anxiety jumped well over 700% in only two years
  • Fear of strangers surged, outpacing a fear of loud noises to become the leading cause of anxiety in dogs after a 295% increase since 2020
  • Anxiety caused by other cats or dogs jumped significantly in dogs — from just 16.5% in 2020 to 43.52% in 2022

Read the complete report, including methodology and all data sets.

Participants were asked, “What causes your dog/cat to behave in an anxious manner (select all that apply)?”

Following are the 2022 top 7 causes of anxiety in pets:


  1. Strangers (58.02%)
  2. Loud noises (57.41%)
  3. Separation (47.38%)
  4. Other dogs or cats (43.52%)
  5. New or novel experiences (18.21%)
  6. Particular Surfaces (12.35%)
  7. Heights (11.73%)


  1. Loud noises (60.9%)
  2. Other cats or dogs (54.0%)
  3. Strangers (49.9%)
  4. Separation (34.4%)
  5. New/novel experiences (18.6%)
  6. Heights (9.7%)
  7. Particular surfaces (8.9%)


2022 Top Causes of Pet Anxiety
Causes of pet anxiety 2022

The top 5 signs of anxiety in dogs are:

  1. Aggression
  2. Destructive behavior
  3. Excessive barking
  4. Fear
  5. Hyperactivity

The top 5 signs of anxiety in cats are:

  1. Avoiding eye contact
  2. Shifting away
  3. Nervous tail flicking
  4. Increased respiratory rate
  5. Increased pupil dilation

About Green Element: Green Element was started in partnership with family farms in Oregon’s Willamette Valley to bring high-quality CBD to everyone who needs it.

Doug McHart
Green Element
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