Top Ten Memorial Day Pet Safety Tips
If you want your pets to enjoy Memorial Day with…
We’ve all experienced stress; tight shoulders, tension headaches, irritability, anxiety, difficulty sleeping. And as we leave our homes to tackle busy days, with “to do” lists in hand, it is tempting to look at our fur friends and envy their worry-free lives.
What you may not know is that our pets suffer from stress in their daily lives too. While we can give voice to our feelings, dogs speak primarily with their bodies.
Becoming familiar with canine signs of stress will help you differentiate between your dog’s normal behavior and his behavior in uncomfortable situations. This will give you a better understanding of your pet and enable you to prevent a potentially dangerous situation.
Indicators of stress in dogs
Our furry friends can’t voice their stress. They can’t slam doors or scream. So what do they do to let us know they are feeling stressed?
The following signs are indicators of stress in dogs:
If you see your dog yawning, consider whether he may be under stress and remove him from the situation.
This is his way of telling you he does not want to be in the situation. Any of these choices are preferable to an aggressive response and should be respected.
How to deal with your dog’s stress
If you notice your dog exhibiting signs of stress remove him from a stressful situation.
For example a crate or dog bed:
Provide him with a safe, quiet place where he can escape stressful situations.
Additional ways to reduce stress include:
How much stress is too much?
If you notice your dog displaying consistent signs of stress, see your veterinarian to rule out any medical cause.
Your vet may also be able to recommend a trainer or dog behaviorist to work with your dog on persistent stress issues.
Socialize your dog when he is young
Stress is a response to fear, so the best thing you can do is socialize your dog beginning when he or she is young.
Exposing him or her to a variety of situations and people from a young age will decrease the chances of them developing fearful behavior.
Whether your dog exhibits signs of stress or he is due for his annual wellness exam, PetFirst Pet Insurance is here for you. We offer Routine Care Coverage which helps with everyday costs related to vet check-ups and other proactive health visits.