Anxiety and stress is as real for pets, as it is for us humans. It is only now that anxiety in humans is getting the recognition it deserved and people have started to take it upon themselves to solve their anxiety issues. But, what about pets? How do we ensure that we are able to help our four-legged counterparts when they suffer from stress and anxiety as well?
The first step before getting down to treating anxiety in pets is to figure out the identification signs. Here are 10 tell-tale indicators of growing stress & anxiety in pets:
1. Aggression –
One of the most dangerous symptoms of anxiety is aggression. This can be direct or indirect, depending upon the situation. Direct aggression occurs when a dog acts aggressively towards people or other animals. Indirect aggression can be equally dangerous, and often happens when a person comes between the dog and the source of the dog’s aggression, such as another dog.
2. Excessive Barking –
Vocalization is normal in pets. But you know your pet the best. When they bark abnormally, it could be because they’re under duress. Dogs that are anxious or afraid may excessively bark to either get your attention or self soothe.
3. Panting –
Panting abnormally in both dogs and cats, especially when they haven’t just run or exercised could just mean that they’re stressed out. Watch out for what is making them frazzle.
4. Urinating or Defecating in the House –
This is the most common reaction of pets who are suffering from separation anxiety. Anxious dogs work themselves up to a point that they feel the need to pee or poop in the house itself.
5. Drooling or Licking More than Usual –
When a dog is anxious, they tend to be more open mouthed or panting which can result to excessive drooling. Also, compulsively licking themselves clean is a major sign of nervousness and stress.
6. Destructive Behaviour –
Very common behaviour most pet parents have seen their pets resorting to is destruction in the house. Chewing, digging, damaging home property, destroying doors or window sills - especially at the entry or exit points, is a major indicator of your pet suffering from separation anxiety. Dogs in a state of this heightened anxiety are at a risk of injuring themselves.
7. Pacing or Restlessness –
Sudden or severe stress in your pet’s environment, most commonly related to storms, crackers or loud noises can lead to pacing behaviour. You may even notice your pet walking on a repeated path while at the vet, which can mean they’re restless and aren’t in their most comfortable zone.
8. Hiding or Escaping –
When faced with an unwelcomed situation, pets may tend to hide or escape the scenario completely and distract themselves by focusing on something else altogether. Like hiding under the bed with their favourite toy, digging the yard, circling or moving behind you.
9. Loss of Appetite –
If your dog has a decreased appetite with no other medical issue being at the centre of it, it could be due to your pet’s growing stress and anxiety levels. Keep a close check on it.
10. Dilated Pupils –
Stressed dogs, like stressed people, may have dilated pupils and blink rapidly. They may open their eyes really wide and show more sclera (white) than usual, giving them a startled appearance.
These kind of anxious behaviours are not the result of disobedience or spite. They are distress responses. If we punish them, they may become even more upset and the problem could get much worse. Hence, the right thing to do is to treat these symptoms before it severely affects our pets both physically & mentally.
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