The Fear of Animals

What is Zoophobia?

Zoophobia is the fear of animals. This fear is irrational, unwarranted, and persistent. These animals are both categorized as "Harmless and Cuddly" as well as "Dangerous"


This phobia is very commonly caused by a negative experience as a child. For example, being bitten by a dog or chased by a goat. Many times, if a parent has a phobia their children can develop the same phobia. It is not known if this is a cause of genetics or a learned behavior.
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It is essential to note that not all fear of animals can be labeled as Zoophobia. The latter is a persistent, unwarranted and irrational fear of animals no matter how non dangerous or harmless they are. In other cases, the fear of snakes and spiders can be considered as quite common and necessary.

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Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • feeling dizzy/ fainting
  • feeling like choking/ dying
  • remaining frozen in place

  • elevated heart rate

  • rapid, shallow breathing

  • sweating/ trembling

  • trying to flee

  • constant visions of being attacked by animal

The mere thought of encountering this animal can cause severe stress and anxiety for the person suffering. Often times, the person this is affecting will refuse to leave their home.

When living with a phobia, there is also commonly social isolation, depression, substance abuse, and high rates of suicide.

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