Calming Tips Prevent Pet Stress
Did you ever think your pet could suffer from stress just as we can? In addition to occasional events such as thunderstorms or fireworks, recent studies have shown even the most pampered pets have daily stressors that can affect their health over the long term. Feline lower urinary tract disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome, obesity, gastric dilatation volvulus (bloat), noise phobias and separation anxiety have all been linked to chronic stress in both dogs and cats (Luescher,2003).
Veterinarians have observed that overall stress levels for today's companion animals may be higher than the past. Granted, they don't worry about being preyed upon or starving to death, but new sources of stress such as boarding, long term crate confinement, inactivity, and noise all add up to stress. One issue is dogs and cats do not developed good defenses for today’s stresses that can't be avoided. There is reason to believe that the way a mammal responds to stress and chronic disease is directly related to their nutrient deficiencies, imbalances and toxicity.
- The most important thing you can do for your pet is to provide balanced nutrition.
- Give pets a daily supplement to ensure they are replacing stress nutrient loss. Vitamin mineral supplements such as Doc Roy's® DAILY CARE FELINE or CANINE maintain a healthy endocrine and nervous system.
- Use treats or a favorite toy to diffuse negative feelings associated with leaving or loud noises. Only give special treats or a special toy when there is an issue. Give it to them when the noise starts or when you are leaving to replace negative with positive reinforcement.
- Use calming agents to support your efforts. Doc Roy's® DOCILE DOG™ is naturally formulated to calm the anxious dog and can be used very effectively in anticipation of stressful events such as fireworks, thunderstorms or company coming. Start this natural supplement for a minimum of two weeks before the event. Pheromone diffusers and sprays are also effective calming products for both dogs (Comfort Zone® D.A.P®) and cats (Comfort Zone® Feliway®). These calming products help maintain normal behavior, avoiding tranquilizers so your pet learns to deal with noise.
- The ThunderShirt™ is a calming product that works by occupying nerve endings to calm the pet. It gives your pet a constant reassuring hug and makes them feel calm and secure.
These are just a few basic steps you can take to help your pet cope with stress. Over time they can learn to tolerate these stressful situations and live a longer happier life.
The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.
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