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It’s difficult to realize that your pampered and over-indulged pet that doesn’t have a care in the world can get stressed out. The stressors for canine are very different from those humans often experience. This stress can adversely affect a dog’s health and longevity when they live with a fear or anxiety disorder. When your loving pet is under stress, their body releases an excessive amount of norepinephrine, the fight or flight hormone that can alter gut bacteria and interfere with GI tract motility. Next comes the diarrhea, adding to his/her stress level. Some can become chronic, so it’s up to us to alleviate this stress.
Some common signs of stress and their triggers in dogsare nose/lip licking, yawning, panting, reduced or absent appetite, diarrhea, tail lowered or tucked, ears pulled or pinned back, cowering/crouched body posture and/or hiding, trembling/shaking and increased vocalizations as whining, howling or barking.
Some of these can be avoided but others cannot. Here are some triggers you can exert control over and minimize your dog’s life. Replace punitive training with positive reinforcement behavior training, make sure everyone in the household understands and respects your dog’s need for uninterrupted sleep and appropriate canine-friendly handling, increasing daily physical activity level and don’t leave them alone for too long at a time as they tend to get lonely and bored when forced to stay alone.
We all love our animals, so let’s do our best to keep that little (or big) he or she happy and in our lives as long as possible. They also add to the human life and make us happy while doing so. To some of us, they ARE our children.
Dr Fredda Branyon