Change in routine like shift to a new home, can bring out a lot of stress for pets. Dogs become accustomed to a routine and change in the same increases their stress levels even if the change is for their own betterment. However, if the change is an improvement in the dog’s situation, the body’s stress response will return to its normal status sooner or later. Some other common stress factors may include loud noises (thunderstorm, fireworks, construction), boarding or kenneling, and even travel. Meeting new family members (whether people or animals) can also cause stress in pets. As per recent studies, Homeopathic Veterinary Medicines may help your pet to deal with stressful situations in a quick and effective way.
If the dog is stressed out for a longer period, changes are evident in his health condition or behaviour, which can lead to serious problems if not addressed timely. Here are the six ways to show how stress can affect a dog’s health.
Stress usually come out as aggression in dogs. There can be no doubt that pain or illness can cause stress, they may be irritated, frustrated, and even angry. Behavioural changes such as lethargy, hiding in quiet spots, inappetite, vomiting and other related signs shows that our dog is not well. Common ailments such as hip dysplasia may result in aggression even in a homely pet. Subsequently, they may behave aggressively towards anything that gets associated with their pain or discomfort. The dog may only be temporarily stressed due to illness but the lifestyle impact continues for a long period of time. For instance, a puppy that has spent time in a veterinary clinic due to disease or illness may start disliking the veterinary staff who are associated with it’s discomfort. Even this can become a reason for their stress when they revisit the veterinary hospital again.
Any type of stress can cause loss of appetite, but prolonged stress can cause weight loss from decreased food intake. In addition, some dogs suffering from stress may start chewing or even eating inanimate objects. This can include obsessively chewing toys, doors, and window sills, or licking themselves, even to the point of injury.
Weakened Immune System
When dogs are stressed, the body releases the hormone cortisol as a part of the fight-or-flight mechanism. Cortisol helps the body to respond to a stressful event—for example, by directing the blood flow to the muscles. But, when stress becomes a chronic problem, cortisol also causes problems, such as weakening the immune system. With stress, and the immune suppression, fighting off the infections or diseases becomes highly difficult for the dogs. So, it’s important to minimize the dogs stress levels, otherwise, over time, even a mild problem can potentially become a major issue. A good example of this is demodectic mange, a skin disease caused by mites. Demodectic mites live on the skin of almost every dog without causing any harm. However, when the body becomes immunely stressed, the mites multiply in certain parts of the skin, causing an obvious infection. Demodectic mange is a commonly diagnosed condition in puppies due to their immaturely developed immune systems.
In stress, the body releases adrenaline, another fight-or-flight hormone. Like cortisol, adrenaline can help a dog survive an immediate threat. For example, adrenaline increases heart rate and blood pressure, but these temporary benefits also come with downsides. Adrenaline causes a decrease in blood flow to the intestines and stomach, which can result in diarrhoea in many dogs. Stress-induced diarrhoea occurs suddenly and is typically not accompanied by any other symptoms (no fever, no vomiting).
Issues with Urination
Stress very often causes inappropriate urination in pets. A clear example of this is, urination that occurs in response to fear. The immediate release of stress hormones will relax the bladder sphincters and urination will occur suddenly. The same stress may even cause sudden defecation by relaxing the anal sphincter. Ways to relieve stress in dogs depends upon the underlying physiological cause. Conditions such as brain tumours and thyroid dysfunctionalities can only be diagnosed and treated with the help of a veterinarian’s guidance. Aggressive behaviour in dogs need to be managed safely and effectively. Dogs that display aggressive behaviour, either due to the medical or behavioural reasons, may benefit from the following homoeopathy remedy.
Homoeopathic Remedy for Stress in Pets
STRESSZA for PETS is a unique homeopathic veterinary formulation to relieve stress in pets. It works on the homeopathic principle i.e. “Similia Simillibus Curanter” which means “like cures like”. Hence, such formulations that cause symptoms like a diseased animal in a healthy one are used to prepare this wonder drug formula to be able to treat stress of varied reasons. It is a formulation that is developed by a renowned Indian veterinarian after consulting many homeopaths and conducting advanced field trails over the years with continuous supervision and training.