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Canine Stress

Dogs can get just as stressed out as we do. It’s important to note that, just like us, different dogs get stressed over different things. Watch your dog and learn what triggers anxiety and how to either avoid the stressor or help to calm him down.

 Signs and symptoms of stress

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Panting
  • Excessive barking or whining
  • Aggression
  • Pacing
  • Excessive licking
  • Digging
  • Chewing
  • Biting the leash
  • Shedding
  • Dandruff
  • Sweaty paws
  • Red eyes
  • Foam drool
  • Tense muscles
  • Bloat
  • Dilated pupils
  • Excessive tail wagging
  • Shivering (when it’s not cold)

How you can help

  1. Speak to your vet. He or she can make sure there is no underlying medical issue that needs to be attended to.
  2. Play and exercise with your dog. Take a walk around the neighbourhood or play a game of fetch.
  3. Create a ‘safe zone’ in your home where your dog can escape high-stress situations like parties, thunderstorms or fireworks, or if he suffers from separation anxiety.
  4. Spend some time with your dog. Stroke him gently and massage him softly. Your presence is the best medicine for stress.
  5. Choose a high quality dog food, like Ultra Dog. If your dog’s diet is not balanced for his life stage and lifestyle, it may lead to stress and anxiety.
  6. Stick to a routine and your house rules. Dogs suffer less stress when they know what to expect.
  7. Avoid situations your dog finds particularly stressful. If he doesn’t like crowds, walk him in a more peaceful space.

Remedies for anxious and stressed dogs

Speak to your vet before choosing a treatment route. There are canine medications, but also a large range of homoeopathic stress remedies for dogs.

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