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Signs Your Pet Is Stressed and How You Can Help

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As pet owners, we love our furry friends and want to ensure they are always happy and healthy. However, just like humans, pets can experience stress, and if left unaddressed, it can take a real toll on their well-being. While some stress is normal, it’s important to recognize when our pets are feeling overwhelmed and need our help to feel better. So, what are the signs of stress in our pets, and how can we help? Our veterinarians at Blue Lake Animal Hospital explain. Call us today to schedule a checkup. 

  1. Spotting the Signs

The first step in helping our pets is recognizing the signs of stress. Some common signs of stress in pets include excessive licking or grooming, decreased appetite, avoiding eye contact, hiding, aggression, vocalization, and destructive behaviors like chewing or scratching. Changes in your pet’s behavior or routine can indicate stress, such as changes in sleep patterns, interest in their usual activities, and relationships with other pets or family members.

  1. Identify the Triggers

Once you have identified that your pet is under stress, it’s essential to identify the causes or triggers of their stress. Some common stressors include loud noises, new people or pets in the home, changes in environment or routine, illness, and separation anxiety. Identifying the cause of your pet’s stress is the first step toward helping them feel better.

  1. Prevention is Key

Avoiding stressors in the first place is always better than finding ways to manage its impact later. Try to establish a routine and maintain it as much as possible. Provide a safe and comfortable space for your pet in your home. Introduce new pets and people to your pet gradually. Make sure your pet eats well, exercises regularly and has plenty of opportunities to take potty breaks. 

  1. Lend a Helping Hand

When it’s impossible to avoid stressors, there are many things you can do to help support your pet. Talk to your vet and inquire about medicinal supplements, such as calming chews, that can work well without side effects. Invest in natural remedies like lavender oil, which can soothe and calm your pets. Take time to play and interact with your pet, distract them from their triggers, or find a quiet area where they can escape the chaos of daily life. Always find a way to reward the desired behavior instead of punishing undesirable behavior, which can make matters worse. 

  1. Seek the Help of a Professional

If your pet’s stress levels persist, it might be time to call in the professionals. Stress can manifest in several ways, and each pet is unique, making it hard to figure out a generalized way of resolving the concern. A veterinarian can rule out any medical issues that might be contributing to your pet’s stress and advise accordingly. Additionally, a pet behaviorist can assess your pet’s stress levels and recommend other helpful strategies to help them cope. 

Treating Stress in Pets

A happy and relaxed pet is a joy to be around. Thus, it’s our responsibility as pet owners to recognize the signs of stress in our pets and support them as best we can when they are affected. With attention to their physical and emotional well-being, we can develop a manageable routine that works for both pet and owner. By simplifying their environment, honoring their unique habits, and understanding their reactions, we can help create a tranquil, happy environment where pets can thrive. 

If you have any further concerns, always reach out to a vet who will guide you accordingly on how to adopt a holistic approach to caring for your stressed pet. We’re here to help.

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