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What are animal phobias?

Animal phobia is a type of specific phobic disorder, called Zoophobia, in which an irrational fear of an animal causes an intense physical and emotional reaction. Unlike reasonable fear associated with real-life danger, the phobia creates an excessive and irrational fear that interferes with an individual's daily life. Although an individual may recognize that the fear is irrational, the intense physical response to the animal is very real, and may include such symptoms as panic, terror, trembling, hyperventilating, and avoidance. Common animal phobias include the fear of dogs, spiders, snakes, and rodents, among other types of animals.

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