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Does Your Dog Suffer from Stress?

Stress in dogs is a widespread problem in the canine population, and causes unnecessary suffering for the animal as well as anxiety and inconvenience for the owner – we all want our dogs to be happy, balanced individuals.

VetSpec supplements deal with a range of canine issues, including stress in dogs, by using carefully created combinations of veterinary-developed and nutritionist-formulated components that address the root cause of the problem. VetSpec are here to give us some advice on the symptoms of stress in dogs, and what to do about it.

The symptoms of stress in dogs

The key here is to think about how your dog behaves when you know they’re content and relaxed, and look for differences from this. Symptoms can include: Loss of appetite or gastrointestinal issues

This can include vomiting, diarrhoea, or a general disinterest in the foods they would normally enjoy.

Lack of focus

If your dog is not listening to you as they normally would, and having trouble concentrating on you, they may be stressed.

Self-isolation

A stressed dog may take itself away to a confined space to feel more secure, out of character with their normal behaviour.

Physical signs

These can include lowered ears, clamped tail, whining, trembling, and growling, as well as barking, pacing, and chewing objects or even themselves.

What to do about stress in dogs

Find the source

Is there something specific causing the stress, like separation anxiety, loud noises, or confinement anxiety? If you can’t pinpoint the cause take your dog to a vet to rule out a physical root.

Routine

Dogs thrive on the expected, so put in place a routine where they know what’s coming and can take security from this.

Exercise

Plenty of exercise is always crucial; the necessary amount will depend on the character and breed of your dog.

Proper nutrition

A healthy, balanced diet is a key factor in a dog’s physiological health, and good quality supplements can really help in addressing stress in dogs.

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