Do you find your dog panting, licking and yawning more often than usual? Your pet could be suffering from stress.

Stress is not restricted only to people. Animals are sensitive to stresses in the environment and often absorb the tension. They tend to then internalize the feeling and may eventually become sick. Just as pets respond positively to love, care and affection, they respond negatively to neglect, fear, conflict and abuse. Excessive panting, licking and wheezing may indicate that your dog is stressed. Similarly, excessive sniffling, avoidance and aggressive behavior may also indicate stress. Animals who have rescued from abusive owners often exhibit signs of stress. Extended periods of stress produce the same effect on animals as they do on humans.

Pets may use all their strength to cope with the tension and finally, their resistance to disease begins to weaken. Dogs, specially, tend to get deeply affected by loneliness and isolation as they are social creatures. Make it a point to spend time playing with your dog; it will make both of you feel better. Research shows that people with pets lead healthier and happier lives. Pets become a part of our families and it becomes our duty to ensure that they are cared for and look after in the best possible manner.

If you happen to be a feline lover, you might want to know that cats also exhibit signs of stress and nervousness. Some indications include excessive shedding of fur, dilated pupils and passive behavior. Stressed pet birds may show listless and sluggish behavior with excessive pecking. Animals and birds are remarkably perceptive when it comes to changes in the environment.

Reasons for pet got stress

Pets may get stressed due to several reasons including:

  • Exposure to unfamiliar places and people
  • Unsuitable diet/inadequate/excessive feeding
  • Inconsistent training or confusing commands
  • Rough, abusive handling
  • Excessive levels of noise like traffic, lawn mowers, computer printers or machinery

Fortunately, dogs are easily trainable and it’s a good thing to lay down consistent rules for behavior. Avoid coddling your dog when she appears to be stressed as she may accept his as validation for nervous behavior. Dogs are endowed with special auditory senses that allow them to respond positively to soothing music.

Sound therapy is extremely effective at calming down nervous and irritable pets. Modern research indicates that pets respond positively to music and sounds. You can get a soothing music CD to calm your pooch at Animals respond to vibrations and their system calms down with soothing music or sound therapy. Music therapy is also effective in treating separation anxiety and fear in pets.

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