Stress and Your Animal

July 29, 2015

Stress is a killer and it affects our pets too. Animal care becomes part of our lives when we take on a pet. When an animal is stressed, adrenaline is released into their systems and their heart rate and respiration rates pick up. This is the same thing that happens to humans, and it makes you want to go seek out the comfort food. Our pets look for the same comforts that help us. Unfortunately they aren’t as able to help themselves as we are, so we need to lend them a helping hand.

Signs of Stress in a Pet

  • Diarrhea, constipation
  • Isolation or hiding
  • Increased sleeping
  • Aggression
  • Excessive grooming (cats)
  • Missing the litter box (cats)

Animal care is our responsibility, and even moving a piece of furniture, installing new carpets or introducing a new pet into the family can cause your little furry friend to experience stress.

Ways to Help Relieve Stress in a Pet

  • Play and with your pet.
  • Create a quiet place with a favorite blanket and toy.
  • Use a good quality food.

Quiet time and a little tender loving care will go a long way to helping your pet relax, so you both can be happy and enjoy your precious time together. Our companions need comfort too at times, and who better to give it to them than those love them best.

Dogs are well capable of reading a humans face. Dogs have a higher body temperature (ranging between 101F and 103F). They are prone to cancer just as humans.

For that reason, it is crucial that you understand all that there is to know about their bodies. Feeding the dog plenty of chocolate could expose it to toxic substances (such as theobromine) that could be fatal, especially if the canine eats between 100mg and 150mg of the substance.


Thunderstorms have the capacity of causing damages to the dog’s ears. During thunderstorms, you will notice the dog showing plenty of fear. The fear and apprehension that the dog shows could be indicative of the incredible amounts of pain it feels.

Sweaty Paws

If you want to check if the dog has a very high body temperature, one of the ways of doing this would be through its paws. When the dog experiences high body temperatures, it will sweat a lot through its paws, unlike humans who do this via the skin.

Bad Breath

A dog with bad breath is probably carrying a periodontal disease. Therefore, learn to smell the dog’s breath, as a way of checking whether it is sick.

Other Signs

Other signs that you should always check for on the dog’s body to determine whether it is sick and in need of medical attention include the following:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Brownish discharge from the ears
  • Lumps
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Shaking of the head
  • Inflamed ears
  • Irritated skin
  • Lethargy
  • Lameness
  • Pale gums and tongue
  • Stiff movement
  • Smelly ears
  • Dramatic Weight loss
  • Watery eyes
  • Scratching
  • Potbelly

The good news is that you can take proactive measures to ensure the dog receives proper medical attention if he/she develops any of the aforementioned signs.