Getting to Know the Signs of Stress in Your Dog
In the U.S. alone, approximately 90 million dogs are owned. If you are one of these proud dog owners, you may understand that similar to people, dogs sometimes experience depression, anxiety, illnesses, and other issues.
Has your dog begun to act unusual all of the sudden? Do they seem different or exhibit new behaviors that aren’t part of their usual activities? Do they seem anxious or even depressed? What you may not realize is that stress is actually very common in dogs and it can have a negative impact on their health.
If you want to make sure you know when to take action because your dog is stressed, get to know some of the signs of this problem here.
Constipation, Diarrhea, or Another Digestive Problem
While these conditions are commonly attributed to a food intolerance or disease, certain gastrointestinal issues, such as constipation and diarrhea can also be caused by anxiety. It’s a good idea to speak to your dog’s vet if the constipation, diarrhea, or other digestive problem seems more severe than usual – especially if it has lasted for more than 24 hours or if you notice the diarrhea is bloody. Also, if there is blood in the stool and/or vomit it may be an indication your pet has a foodborne condition.
Dogs won’t go on diets or fasts like many people do. This means it is important to speak with a veterinarian if your pet has suddenly lost an interest in food or if they stop eating completely. This could be because of stress or because of an underlying health issue, such as anorexia. This can cause your dog to refuse food and reduce their intake so much that it results in serious weight loss.
There are some dogs that like time alone every now and then. However, if your dog tends to isolate itself from other people or pets, it may be suffering from anxiety, stress, or another type of sickness. Your vet can help you determine the cause of their strange behavior.
More Sleeping Than Usual
Chances are, by now, you are pretty familiar with your dog’s sleeping habits and schedule. If they begin to sleep more than usual, or if they seem somewhat lethargic, it is another reason to speak with the vet. Sometimes, lethargy is one of the first symptoms that a dog is traumatized, injured, or sick. It may also be a sign of certain conditions, such as dehydration, poisoning, anemia, hypothyroidism, diarrhea, tumors, heart or liver problems, and diabetes.
Aggression to Other Animals and People
Has your dog begun to act aggressively toward other people or animals? If so, it may be a sign of a sick or stressed animal.
Your dog is an important part of your life. As a result, you want to ensure they are happy and healthy. In some cases, this may require alternative sources of treatment. Speak with your vet to find out if this is a possibility.