Tuning in to stressed-out canines

By Connie Orcutt • Published: May 1st, 2017
Category: Animal Airwaves

Stress is an all-too-common aspect of our lives these days — and it affects our canine companions, too. But if we know what to look for, we can lend a steady hand to our panicky pooches.

Canine anxiety often manifests as gastrointestinal signs, like diarrhea or vomiting. These abnormalities are usually short-lived, so contact your veterinarian if signs are prolonged or otherwise severe.

Likewise, depressed or anxious dogs often have a reduced appetite or become anorexic. But because these can also be signs of ill health, keep a close eye on the duration and any accompanying weight loss.

Some stressed-out dogs prefer to be alone and sleep more than usual, while others may become aggressive. You know your dog best, so speak up if your pooch isn’t right. The veterinary staff can suggest ways to help calm canine jitters.