Stress in Your Pets

posted: by: Companion Animal Clinic Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Stress-related behavior problems are very common in dogs and cats.
Chronic stress can lead to:
  • suppressed immune system
  • increased susceptibility to disease
  • elevated heart rate and respiratory rate
  • metabolic changes
  • gastrointestinal imbalance, vomiting, diarrhea
  • increased cortisol levels
  • skin disorders

Because stress can have such a huge effect on your pet's health, it is important to recognize the signs.  Animals show stress differently, and it can be hard to pick up on if you don't know what to look for.

If your pet is chewing, barking, licking, or drooling excessively, having accidents in the house, or suddenly acting differently towards another pet or family member, it is highly likely he or she has an anxiety disorder.

Schedule a behavior consult appointment and we can discuss treatment options, both behavior modification and medications when needed.