Understanding Pet
stress


Do you think your pet suffers from stress or anxiety?

If so, you’re not alone. Pet stress is a much more common problem than you might think.

Behavioral problems are the number one reason for relinquishment of dogs and second most common reason for cats. Separation anxiety is also one of the most common behavior problems reported by dog owners.

90% of Pet Owners are seeking solutions for pet behavioral issues.**
23 Million estimated number of dogs with fear and anxiety disorders in the U.S.A.*

Chronic stress can also affect your pet’s overall health, well-being and quality of life. Recurrent stress has been shown to cause GI issues, excessive shedding and other health problems. That’s why it’s important to intervene if you notice a pattern of unusual behavior.

In most cases, you can easily recognize when your cat or dog is feeling anxious, stressed or fearful. Pets respond to stress in a variety of ways including many of the behaviors compiled below.

Stressful Events:

Loneliness or Boredom
Vet or Grooming Visits
Traveling or Moving
Boarding or Kenneling
Fireworks or Thunderstorms
Environmental Changes

Most Common Signs of Pet Stress

DOGS

Destructive behavior — Scratching furniture or chewing shoes can be provoked by loneliness, boredom or stress.

Excessive barking and growling — Dogs often respond to stress by vocalizing their fear or anxiety.

Digestive distress (i.e. diarrhea) — Stressful stimuli can irritate the GI tract and lead to accidents, diarrhea or constipation.

Excessive drooling, panting and pacing — Stress causes a rise in body temperature and an increase in saliva production and sweat.

Reduced appetite — Dogs love eating, right? If your pet loses interest in food, it could be a sign of stress or an underlying health issue.

Excessive shedding — During vet exams, dogs will shed more than usual as a response to discomfort.

Avoidance — Dogs are social creatures by nature. If your dog is hiding behind furniture or isolated, it might indicate fear or anxiety.

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CATS

Aggressive behavior — More common in multi-cat households.

Marking outside the litter box — Your cat is trying to tell you something by not using the litter box.

Hiding or isolation — Hiding under the bed isn’t a personality quirk but a sign of stress in cats.

Excessive grooming or scratching — Compulsive grooming or scratching is a manifestation of stress or anxiety.

Excessive vocalization — Cry for help? Frequent “meows” signal that your fur ball is stressed.

Reduced appetite — Cats don’t diet. If your cat isn’t eating like usual, it could be a response to stress.

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