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.