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Stress in dogs: how does it express itself?


Dog stress can manifest itself in many ways. So that your four-legged friend can be helped quickly in the event of an emergency, you should pay attention to all signals that indicate that he is not feeling well. Watch your dog closely to quickly identify stress signals - Shutterstock / Soloviova Liudmyla

Dog stress can be triggered by a variety of things. In order to recognize that one situation becomes too much for your four-legged friend, you must be very attentive and sensitive. Pay attention to both abnormalities in the behavior of the dog and physical symptoms.

Dog stress: behavior

Possible behavioral problems with stress include nervousness and restlessness. A stressed dog looks restless and tends to overreact. Perhaps he is irritable and barks, howls or whines all the time - aggressive behavior towards other people or people is also a symptom.

Problems with concentration or excessive vigilance can also be signals of stress. Destruction or unusual behavior - for example, chasing your own tail - are always abnormalities, the causes of which should be clarified. In general, you should pay attention to everything that deviates from the normal behavior of your pet. You can rely on your gut feeling because you know your four-legged friend best

Physical symptoms when stressed

Dog stress is manifested by constant tremors, excessive brushing or scratching. Diarrhea and vomiting can also occur when the dog is under a lot of stress. A constantly stressed dog is also more susceptible to illness. Hair loss, dandruff and other abnormalities on the skin and fur, allergies, excessive eating or loss of appetite also indicate that your four-legged friend could use some rest and relaxation. A visit to the veterinarian clarifies whether stress or another cause causes the physical symptoms.

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