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Animal Phobias

Animal phobia is a fear caused by the presence or thought of a specific animal that poses little or no danger at all. Phobias about animals are very common, there are a lot of people who have fears even to domesticated animals like dogs and cats, it is even harder for them because there are so many of these animals around.


Some people are even convinced that they will have a panic attack if they ever see a film or see these creatures on TV or just even looking at pictures. Some people who would not even touch a book with pictures of snakes or frogs on it.


Below is a list of the most common animal phobias around.


Fear of:

  • Animals - Zoophobia

  • Ants - Myrmecophobia

  • Bees - Apiphobia

  • Birds - Ornithophobia

  • Bulls - Taurophobia

  • Cats - Ailurophobia


  • Chickens - Alektorophobia

  • Dogs - Cynophobia

  • Fish - Ichthyophobia

  • Frogs - Batrachophobia

  • Horses - Equinophobia

  • Insects - Entomophobia


Fear of :

  • Lice - Pediculophobia

  • Otters - Lutraphobia

  • Reptiles - Herpetophobia

  • Sharks - Selacophobia

  • Shellfish - Ostraconophobia

  • Snakes - Ophidiophobia


  • Spiders- Arachnophobia

  • Termites - Isopterophobia

  • Toads - Bufonophobia

  • Wasps - Spheksophobia

  • Wild animals - Agrizoophobia

  • Worms - Helminthophobia

When you have an animal phobia, there is actually a clear manifestation of persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of animals.


It can actually cause some panic attacks and keep you apart from your loved ones and at times even from your business associates or colleagues.

According to some studies and surveys, the most common is actually the fear of dogs or at times called as cynophobia, which is normally apparent to children and adolescents.

Animal phobias may indeed include some unlikely symptoms that may interfere with your daily activities. Normally, such symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Iirregular heartbeat

  • Sweating

  • Nausea

  • Feelings of dread

  • Pounding heart

  • Rapid breathing

  • Trembling or shaking

  • Numbness or tingling

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Anticipatory anxiety or becoming nervous ahead of time

Normally, a real animal phobia manifests itself in various ways and means. Some individuals suffering from such experience it almost from time to time, while others just in response to a direct stimulant. Every sufferer has basically his own unique time as to when and how to feel bad or the like.

There is actually a wide variety of potent drugs at present. However, though a lot of potent drugs really work, they are not that advisable because of the side effects and at times serious withdrawal symptoms that come along.


Likewise, based on some clinical studies, drugs do not indeed cure animal phobia or any other phobia in real sense. Oftentimes, they just suppress the symptoms through chemical interaction for just a short period of time.


Nowadays, if pharmacological medication can’t help you, then maybe a therapy like desensitization or an exposure therapy might be of great help. However, most therapies at present may take some time so be sure you are willing to invest your time and total patience as well.

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