Just like humans, pets exhibit signs of anxiety and express their feelings in different ways.
Many pet owners find it difficult to spot signs of anxiety in their pets and often confuse it with other emotions. To know what your pet is feeling, you need to understand their body language and the signals they send out through their behaviour.
Here are 10 signs which indicate your pet may be suffering from anxiety and ways to overcome it:
- Bearing the Whites
Pets use their eyes to communicate, and dogs especially will roll their eyes to bare the whites. You may almost feel their eyelids are popping out.
When dogs exhibit this behaviour, they may be trying to tell you that they are feeling worried about something.
- Excessive Vocalisation
Prolonged and unexplained barking among dogs is a sign they may be stressed and suffering from separation anxiety.
Other signs of excess vocalisation to look out for are:
- Excessive panting
3. Destructive Behaviour
Untrained dogs often exhibit destructive behaviour, however if your dog is well-trained and begins to chew on furniture, it’s a sign your dog is trying to relieve tension.
Such destructive behaviour may occur due to separation anxiety or if they encounter new people or pets in the home.
4. Loss of appetite
Pets will be happy to eat what you feed them at any time because they’re usually carefree.
If you notice a sudden decline in their desire to eat, it’s an indication they may be suffering from pet anxiety.
- Poor Digestion
Gastrointestinal issues such as constipation and diarrhoea can be caused due to anxiety.
However, to rule out other causes of stomach problems, it is advisable to consult a vet before drawing your own conclusions.
Cats and dogs often lick parts of their body to clean themselves.
Frequent and prolonged licking, however may be a reaction to boredom and anxiety. Often recurring licking at one place causes pinkish stains on the pet’s fur.
- Tail Between the legs
Look out for signs where your dog’s tail is not in its normal position.
One of the most common signs of anxiety in pets is when they put their tail between their legs and look worried, instead of their usual happy self. Another sign could be that the tail may be straight down.
- Anxiety Related Body Language
Observing the body language of your pet can give you clues to pet anxiety.
Here are some of them:
- Excessive Drooling
- Tensing of Muscles
- Shivering and shaking
- Itching and scratching
- Repeated yawning
Skin issues such as shedding of fur can be a symptom of long-term anxiety. Excessive shedding may not occur as a result of sudden stress, but ongoing stressful situations such as loss of a family member or moving home can be.
- Running Away
Although your pet loves you, he or she may want to run away sometimes. Some cats and dogs run away often, while others exhibit the behaviour in response to specific triggers.
It’s quite likely, your pet may just go round the corner and return, however there is a chance they may run away and get lost or hurt.
Causes of Stress
While some of the causes of stress have been highlighted above, here are some more reasons which cause anxiety among pets:
- Disruption in routine
- Boredom caused by a lack of mental stimulation
- Loud noises such as the sound of thunder or firecrackers
- Pets which have suffered trauma in the past
- Separation anxiety.
- Your mood – pets are sensitive to changes in your mood and can sense anger and sadness
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