Pet Stress: Signs & Solutions
National pet month is all about encouraging responsible ownership. This blog focuses on how to keep stress levels low for a healthier, happier pet.
Stress can affect pets for a lot of different reasons; changes to the house in the form of work being done or a new arrival, vet or groomer visits, travelling, or loud noises such as fireworks and thunderstorms.
What to look out for:
- Licking lips, yawning, panting, ears back in dogs
- Excessive vocalisation, excessive self-grooming in cats
- Fearful behaviour. eg: tail between legs in dogs, loss of bladder control in cats, trying to escape or freezing in place
- Unusual behaviour including destructiveness, aggression, accidents in the house and avoidance of you or other animals
- Loss of appetite or alteration of appetite
- Hair loss
How you can help:
- Keep to a routine and rules so dogs know what’s expected of them and when
- Prevent stressful situations where possible
- Spend more time together and ensure the pet has plenty of entertainment when left alone
- Give dogs regular walks and exercise, including play
- In unavoidable situations, try a calming product such as Adaptil, Feliway or Pet Remedy. There are plenty of options to choose from so you can find a product that is suitable for both you and your pet.
If you are concerned about your pet and their stress levels, please talk to a pet care specialist such as a vet, who will be able to give you advice.