Stress in pets can be very common and there are many reasons why your dog or cat might become more anxious than normal. Stress not only impacts your pet’s health, but it can also impact on the owner.
During certain times of the year, such as fireworks season, pets may become more anxious with the loud noises. However stress in pets is not limited to fireworks season. Your dog and cat can become stressed due to a number of situations, which include: vet visits, kennel and cattery visits, unfamiliar environments, loud noises, travelling and separation anxiety.
To help to understand and reduce your pet’s stress, there are common signs of anxiety in dogs and cats to look out for.
Common signs of stress in dogs and cats
When anxious your dog might bark constantly and cats may become more vocal. This is more evident during periods such as fireworks season, or New Year where sudden loud noises are more common.
Most pets like to be with their owners 24/7, so if your dog or cat is isolating themselves from you or other pets, it might be a sign that they are not happy. They could hide somewhere, such as under the bed and tremble or shake.
If your dog seems overly lethargic, or is sleeping more than usual, it could be a sign that they are not themselves. Lethargy is often the first symptom that a pet is sick. If you notice a change in your pet’s sleeping pattern, it might be best to consult with your vet.
Decrease in appetite
Most pets would eat more than they should if they could, so if your pet suddenly loses interest in their food, or doesn’t eat at all, something could be wrong.
If your pet is unusually aggressive towards family members or other pets this could be a sign of stress. Aggressive signs could be accompanied by a fearful body posture and facial expression.
Your pet might experience a sensitive tummy if they are feeling stressed.
Other common signs include:
- Panting (in dogs)
- Nose/lip licking
- Tail lowered or tucked
- Ears pulled or pinned back
- Scratching and chewing on furniture
If you’re worried about changes in your pet’s behaviour, you should consult your vet, who is best placed to monitor your pet’s health and advise the best solution for your pet’s health needs.
Ask your vet about nutracalm, which has a unique formula specifically developed to naturally help to reduce stress and anxiety for dogs and cats. Your vet may be able to offer additional ways to help your pet alongside nutracalm.