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Stress in Pets

Updated: Jan 7, 2023

Are you an empathetic person? Can you imagine how things may be stressful to your pet that are not stressful to you?

Things that can be stressful to dogs are things like:

  • Adding a new family member

  • Moving

  • Trips or vacations

  • Change to a routine or schedule

Come to think about it, these are stressful things for humans too!

Stressed Behavior:

The way pets display their stress or anxiety can be in a myriad of ways such as:

  • Pacing

  • Shaking

  • Stress yawn

  • Increased sleep

  • Appetite changes

  • Digestive issues

  • Aggression

  • Whining

  • Barking

  • Panting

  • Flattened ears

Possible Solutions:

If you can identify the cause of their stress, remove them from it, if possible, and let them be alone. Don’t over comfort them with treats, in fact make sure they only get a treat for obeying a command. Redirect their attention with simple commands like sit or stay. This seems to help them get back to a sense of normalcy.

Another commonality between humans and dogs is that one way to relieve stress is with exercise. If you are familiar with a dog’s regular body habits and positions, you’ll be able to distinguish between the signs of stress or sign that they really want that treat in the jar.

Finally, remember, not all stress is bad. Fear is a stress emotion that can keep them away from danger. If you sense that your dog is having an unusual or unhealthy amount of stress, talk with your veterinarian about other behavioral modifications, medications or natural supplements.

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