Stress: 5 tell-tale signs your dog is stressed

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Stress is a common health issue that affects dogs in many ways. Worse, it can affect your dog’s health badly, more than you can ever imagine. Here are some signs of stress that you might identify them in early stages and seek help as soon as possible.

  • Digestive issues

Stress can cause some gastrointestinal issues such as constipation and diarrhea. So, if these digestive issues last more than 24 hours then you should probably consult your dog’s veterinarian. Diarrhea and constipation might be abnormally severe and followed by blood which is an absolute indicator of food-formulated disease.

  • Loss of appetite

Unlike us humans, dogs don’t go on diets! So, if your lovely dog loses his/her appetite or stops eating their food then it’s crucial to see a veterinarian and consult him. Stress can make your dog lose interest in food, this latter can cause some serious health problem such as anorexia.

  • Isolation

When it comes to having some time alone, dogs are better than us in such things. They like
to spend some time alone and isolate themselves from the rest of the world, and that’s definitely okay. But if your dog constantly isolates himself from the others, then I’d say your dog might be suffering from stress and anxiety and it’d be a good idea if you see the vegetarian.

  • Lethargy

Every one of us knows exactly his dog’s sleeping schedule. Consulting a vegetarian is a must of course when your dog is over sleeping. Stress and anxiety don’t only increase the sleeping time of your pet but they also can be a sign of some serious health issues such as diabetes, heart and liver problems, tumors, diarrhea and severe dehydration,
, anemia and poisoning, among others.

  • Aggression

Stress can also freak your dog out and causes him to act aggressively toward animals as well as human beings, barking at anyone would be a common behavior at this stage. That’s why you should visit a veterinarian behaviorist before things get worse.

How to help your stressed out dog?

Through my experience with dog for over than a decade, I think medical solutions aren’t always effective and can’t bring the expected results right away. So here are some of the tips I used with the previous dogs I owned to alleviate their stress

  • Physical activities and regular exercises such as a walk around the block or playing fetch games
  • In your home, set apart a safe zone for your dog, an area where he can escape stressful events. It’d be better if you stay with him during that bad event.
  • Change your dog’s food from time to time; do that monthly.
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