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Identifying Stress in Your Pet


At this time of year, it is not uncommon to feel a bit overwhelmed. Unfortunately, we often forget that our pets may also be feeling stress. Stress can have an impact on your pet's overall health and well-being, so it is important to understand how to identify if your pet is stressed. Let's take a look at what signs of stress you should look for in your pet. 

Physical Signs of Stress in Pets 

One of the most common signs of stress in pets is a change in their behavior. If your pet has become withdrawn or more aggressive than usual, that could be a sign that something isn't right. Other physical signs include excessive barking or meowing, destructive behaviors such as chewing or digging, panting, pacing, and other changes in appetite or sleeping habits. If you notice any of these behaviors, it is best to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.  

Another common sign of stress in pets is a change in their physical appearance. Changes such as hair loss, skin lesions, and poor coat condition can all indicate that something isn't quite right with your pet. Additionally, if you notice any changes in your pet's eyes (such as dilated pupils) or ears (such as flattened ears), those can also be indicators that your pet is feeling stressed out. 

The Impact of Stress on Animals 

It is important to remember that stress can have an impact on more than just our pets’ behavior—it can also have an effect on their physical health. Long-term stress can lead to issues such as digestive problems and weakened immune systems which leave them susceptible to illnesses and infections. Additionally, chronic stress has been linked to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases in animals due to elevated levels of cortisol (the “stress hormone”). It is important to keep an eye out for signs of stress not only because they are uncomfortable for our furry friends but because they can cause serious long-term health issues if left unchecked. 


By recognizing the physical and behavioral signs of stress in our furry friends we can ensure they stay healthy and happy all year round. If you notice any changes in your pet’s behavior or physical appearance please don’t hesitate to contact us at Country Veterinary Clinic so we can provide the care they need. Please call now to schedule an appointment.


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