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Is Your Pet Stressed?

by MetLife Pet Insurance
15 years ago
Pets have to known to relieve stress in their human companions, but what about pet stress? Can dogs and cats suffer from anxiety? Dr. Jon Rapparport, founder, CEO and chairman of PetPlace.com, answered an assured “Yes!”

He explained that similar to human symptoms, your pet may be demonstrating signs of anxiety when he is restless, lethargic, aggressive or disobedient. There are health risks if pet anxiety goes untreated. “As with human anxiety, without intervention your pet’s immune system can become compromised, he may become severely depressed, and/or develop behavior problems,” said Dr. Rapparport.

Preventing anxiety is the best approach. Make sure your pet’s mind is stimulated with toys and human interaction. Keep his body fit with frequent exercise and proper food. Treating anxiety can be more difficult. With your veterinarian’s help, determine if there are any medical conditions contributing to your pet’s stress. Your pet may need the assistanceof a behaviorist to work through the anxiety. Behavior training is covered by PetFirst Healthcare’s pet insurance plans.

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