Pet Stress Calming Techniques

Many people know that pet ownership is proven to help lower their stress levels, but what about when it is your pet who is feeling stressed out? Every animal is unique, and what causes one to feel anxious or nervous can be totally different for another. Unfortunately, stress can have some very negative effects on your pet, so learning to identify when she is feeling this way and helping her calm can be extremely beneficial both to her and to your household.

Signs that your pet is stressed

Animals can display a wide variety of different symptoms which may indicate that they are feeling stressed, anxious or nervous in some way. Some of the most common signs that you pet is stressed include:

- Aggression towards other people or animals

- Avoidance – your pet may actively avoid spending time with other people or animals in the family

- Barking. Increased vocalization may be your furry friend’s way of telling you that something is bothering them

- Decreased appetite

- Destructive behavior. This could include chewing or biting the furniture or soft furnishings, pulling out the trash or even biting her own body.

- Diarrhea, constipation or other digestive problems

- Ears pinned/pulled back

- Increase in the amount of time spent sleeping

- Licking her lips and nose excessively

- Panting

- Tail tucked

- Trembling

- Urinary / bowel incontinence

- Yawning

Pet stress triggers

One of the easiest ways of calming your pet and alleviating their stress is to identify, and if possible address, whatever is causing them to become stressed in the first place. There can be a virtually endless list of stress triggers in pets. However, some things are more likely to cause stress than others, and these include:

- Moving to a new home

- Meeting new people/animals

- Loud noises

- Temporary change of living environment (such as going into kennels)

- Changes in routine (children being at home for the summer, owner changing work pattern etc)

- Separation anxiety

Unfortunately, some of the triggers are unavoidable and in these circumstances, you will have to rely on the pet stress calming techniques we are going to cover next to help your animal adjust to the change in their life.

Pet stress calming techniques

There are lots of different ways in which you can help reduce your pet’s stress levels and encourage them to remain calm and relaxed.

Here are our best tips and calming techniques for dealing with pet stress.

Get her the right nutrition

It may surprise you to know that nutrition can play a part in the way your pet behaves. This is because an imbalance in the nutrition that your pet needs to be healthy can alter the blood sugar, serotonin levels and the rate at which energy is released. This can make animals appear more nervous or anxious than normal. Similarly, failing to eat regularly can also cause a drop in serotonin levels, which can affect your pet’s mood and/or behavior.

Share your pheromones

Animals, and especially dogs, may suffer from separation anxiety if they are left alone for long periods of time. This can cause them to be aggressive, destructive, or seem depressed. Many owners report that they can reduce these symptoms using a technique that humans often use with their offspring – pheromone therapy. This involves leaving your pet with a blanket or article of clothing that once belonged to you. Your scent will hopefully provide a source of comfort, helping your animal to calm down.

Giver her physical contact

Physical contact helps both humans and pets to relax, and in some instances, even just sitting close to your animal will help alleviate much of their anxiety and nervousness. If she’s conducive, spend some time stroking and petting her – you will both feel the benefits.

Ensure she gets enough exercise

Many doctors recommend exercise for human de-stressing, and the same logical applies to your pet too. If your animal is feeling particularly anxious or stressed, this may manifest as uncontrollable, sometimes manic energy and silly behavior. Burning off this excess will help your pet to calm down.

Make sure your own stress is in check

Animals know when their owners’ emotions are running high, and if you are feeling stressed or anxious, this can heighten your pet’s own worries. Therefore, make sure your own stress is in check before you attempt to calm your much-loved pet.

For further advice on pet stress calming techniques, contact and arrange an appointment with Geneva Veterinary Clinic.

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