Change of any kind-like disruptions to routine or a new home can bring about a lot of stress for dogs. Dogs become accustomed to a routine and changes increase stress even if the change is for the better, However, if the change is an improvement in the dog’s situation, the body’s stress response will return to its normal status much sooner. Some other common stress factors may include loud noises (anything from thunderstorms to fireworks to construction), boarding or kenneling, and even travel. Meeting new family members (whether people or animals) can also cause stress in dogs. As per new researches, Homeopathic Veterinary Medicines may help your pet to come out of stressful situations faster and effectively.
If the dog is stressed for a long period of time changes comes in his health or behaviour, some of which can lead to serious problems if not addressed quickly and properly. Here are six ways stress can affect the dog.
Stress usually come out as aggression in an acute way in dogs. There can be no doubt that pain or illness can cause stress, they may become irritated, frustrated, and angry. Behavioural changes such as lethargy, hiding in quiet spots, not eating, vomiting and so on may be signs that dog is unwell. Common ailments, such as hip dysplasia, may result in aggression from an otherwise placid canine companion. Subsequently, they will display aggressive behaviour towards anything they associate with the pain or discomfort. The dog may only be temporarily stressed due to illness but the lifestyle impact can continue for a long time. For instance, a puppy that has spent time in a veterinary clinic due to disease or illness may come to dislike the veterinary staff whom they associate with their discomfort and with invasive, uncomfortable procedures. When they are old enough and strong enough, they may bite the veterinary staff.
Loss of Appetite
Any type of stress can cause a 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 non-food 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 part of the fight-or-flight mechanism. Cortisol helps the body respond to a stressful event—for example, by directing blood flow to the muscles—but when stress becomes a chronic problem, cortisol also causes problems, such as a weak immune system. With stress and, ultimately, immune suppression, dogs are unable to fight off infection or disease. So it’s important to minimize dogs’ stress levels; otherwise, over time, a mild problem can potentially become a major problem.”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 harm, However, when the body becomes stressed, the mites multiply in certain parts of the skin, causing an obvious infection. Demodectic mange is also commonly diagnosed in puppies, in large part due to their immature immune systems.
In stressful situations, the body also 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 often comes on suddenly and is typically not accompanied by 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 and Defecation and anal gland expression may also occur. Chronic stress can also lead to changes in a pet’s urinary habits, but so can a long list of medical problems. Ways to stop stress in dogs treatment for the medically-related problem will depend on the underlying physiological cause. Since conditions such as brain tumours and thyroid conditions can only be diagnosed and treated within a veterinary clinic, Aggressive behaviour in dogs needs to be managed safely and effectively. Dogs that display aggressive behaviour, whether due to medical or behavioural reasons, may benefit from the following homoeopath.
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