Pets: Symptoms of stress!

Behavioral disorders, allergies, digestive disorders, skin problems, uncleanliness… The life of pets is not always a long calm river. Subjects, like us very often, to stress, they manifest it with many variations.

Pets under pressure!

Pets under pressure!

Animals are company, especially dogs are part of the family. They live in osmosis with us and react to all the events that concern us. Destabilized by all these changes that they don’t understand… These last ones are also victims of blows of stress that they will express according to their personality in many different ways.

The life of a pet is not always linear. Changes in his routine such as a move, the departure of a member of his human pack or the arrival at home of a new one, can impact him. So, if his behavior changes, if he becomes less obedient, less attentive, even aggressive or depressed… Don’t accuse him of becoming temperamental right away. Instead, take a look at what may have changed.

Pets show their discomfort

Pets show their discomfort

You noticed certain signs that something was wrong. His pupils dilate, his hair stands on end, his barking usually wisely… The right thing to do? No scolding, detect the cause of the discomfort, remove it, keep it calm. Scientists had explained how a man could transmit his stress or other emotions to his dog during short, very intense moments. In young pets who do not yet control their sphincters. Owners often confuse peeing with joy linked to the emotion of reunion with a regression in toilet training. This usually disappears naturally within a few months. But few again show up in very sensitive adults in special circumstances.

The discretion of the stressed cat

The discretion of the stressed cat

The cat knew how to keep his distance from our moods. Bully a dog without him understanding the reason, he will come back to you with his tail down to be forgiven for having annoyed you! But don’t count on the cat to forget your loss of control!

Indeed, these pets are attached to their place of life. They find it hard to bear that a human or four-legged stranger settles there. Very sensitive to new smells, cats can mark an unknown object or item of clothing on their territory with a spray. Also, very ritualized, these pets appreciate stability, routine and regularity.

Stressed, in a state of permanent vigilance, a cat can actually develop ocd. As a sudden and repeated hyperactive behavior, conversely, it can remain motionless, hidden for hours under furniture.

A speaking body

A speaking body

Several biological symptoms are common to pets. Indeed, at the dermatological level, cats and dogs in a state of stress can indulge in hair pulling and self-mutilation to reassure themselves. Or even compulsive licking to the point of causing wounds most often located on the legs.

In case of intense stress, we also see the hair take care of dandruff, especially during a visit to the veterinarian. At the hormonal level, stress increases the secretion of cortisol, hormones that disrupt the proper functioning of white blood cells, cells that protect the body.

Also, as in humans, the digestive system in pets is often the first to respond to stress. Stress that can thus promote the development of urinary disorders or diarrhea that are resistant to treatment.

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