Pet wellness – Pet Stress Awareness
Pet wellness embraces several areas of a healthy happy pet therefore in appreciation of Stress Awareness Month learn the way you can identify and eliminate pet stress to provide him a longer, happier, healthier life.
Stress Awareness Month is applicable to all or any living things, big, small, human or not – particularly our pets. are you shocked to read that animals have stress? Stress affects our dogs and cats and various type pets across the board. Pet stress similar to people stress causes health problems, decreases the quality of life, causes depression, and shortens life span. For these reasons, amongst others, it's necessary for pet owners to practice another part of pet wellness that is finding out if their pet is stressed, identifying the stress factors, and using the necessary techniques to eliminate the stress and increase the quality of their pet's life.
Pet Stress Signs
It is important to look into all the avenues so as to effectively help your pet and save yourself and your pet future health issues and chunky vet bills.
Itching is a sign of several things such as fleas, ticks, lice, or skin allergy but it can also be a sign of stress if your dog or cat is itching himself more than normal. Eliminate the possibility of fleas, ticks, lice, and allergy first, and then consider that it could be your pet is stressed. Treating itching and discomfort from allergies and eliminating the allergic reaction supply also will keep your pet from suffering from stressed caused by discomfort – from ongoing itchiness.
- Excessive shedding
It’s common with poor quality dog food, poor diet, and can also be genetics, similarly as a dog that is not getting enough sunlight. Another condition of excessive shedding is when the pores of the dog's skin do not close all the method allowing hair to fall constantly. This usually requires a vitamin such as B to help. Or, your pet could be too stressed out.
A lethargic pet is always a symptom that something isn't right and needs to be looked into urgently. Lethargy can stem from depression, poor health, not enough exercise and unhappiness. Or, your pet's stress is on fire. Usually, a vet will request a stool sample in order to get to the root of this problem.
A sick, wounded or pet in pain may be aggressive if approached or stroked, outside of this your pet's aggression could be stress related.
- Lack of or no appetite
Pets that are stressed, sick, or depressed will often eat less or lose their appetite altogether. this is another space, obviously, that needs to be immediately addressed if noticed by pet owners.
- Lack of interest
A dog or cat that suddenly shows a lack of interest in things he was always excited to do or enjoyed doing is a sign of a sick, sad, or depressed pet. Check for sickness first then consider stress as a reason.
- Passive behavior
The other of aggression, some pets become passive when stressed.
- Negative behavior
A stressed or unhappy dog will be destructive, this is also a common behavior of intelligent breeds that aren't left alone for long periods of time or not exercised physically and mentally enough for their breed.
- Change is bathroom habits
A dog that's house trained or a cat that is litter box trained who suddenly forgets this and goes in the house could be stressed or unhappy. Consider the age of your pet and for how long he has been trained because accidents do happen and especially during the puppy stages or learning stages.
- Body language
Many pets, especially dogs, and cats will have a change in body language together with slouching whilst they stroll, putting their head low, strolling more slowly than usual, and laying down all time. this could be a symptom your dog or cat isn't well, has an injury, is depressed, or experiencing pet stress.
Like humans, pets are vulnerable to a slew of injuries and illnesses. Some are simple, such as arthritis, sunburns and ear infections. Others are more complex, such as kidney disease and cancer. Most, though not all, are preventable!
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