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Natural Remedies to Calm Stress & Anxiety in Cats and Dogs

What Causes Stress and Anxiety in Dogs and Cats?

Dogs and cats can experience anxiety and stress just like humans. Cats and dogs are creatures of habit. Some pets may just naturally be more skittish while others may have difficulty with changes to their routine. Simple changes in your work schedule or bringing a guest to the house can affect some sensitive pets. Some breeds may be more genetically inclined to have a companion and have difficulty being alone. Rescued animals may have endured hardships before they come into our lives and may have developed fearful behaviors as a result. Regardless of the reason, anxiety and stress can affect your pet’s health, so it’s important to do all you can to help them feel safe and comfortable.

Common Causes of Anxiety in Cats and Dogs:

  • Fear-Related Anxiety
Fear-related anxiety can be caused by loud noises, activities (such as a car ride or a trip to the vet), or other people and pets. Noise related fear anxiety is usually due to thunderstorms or fireworks, but can be a reaction to any loud sound. Social related fear anxiety generally occurs when a young kitten or puppy is not socialized. They may become anxious or stressed around other animals or new people. Common signs of fear-related anxiety are:

  • Hiding
  • Aggression to other animals or people
  • Vocalization
  • Lethargy
  • Shaking
  • Vomiting or inappetence

    • Separation Anxiety
    Separation anxiety is when a cat or dog becomes stressed or anxious due to separation from their owner or another pet with whom they have bonded. Pets that have experienced abandonment or neglect and those that have had multiple homes are more likely to exhibit separation anxiety. This type of anxiety usually results in destructive behavior. Common signs of separation anxiety are:

  • Vocalization(crying, whining, barking)
  • Panting or pacing
  • Refusing to eat or drink
  • Urinating and defecating in inappropriate places (even when housetrained)
  • Excessive licking and/or self-grooming
  • Destructive behavior (clawing and scratching at doorways, crates, windows)
  • Seizures (dogs with epilepsy are often more anxious)

    • Age-Related Anxiety
    Age-related anxiety affects older dogs and can be associated with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) or doggie dementia. As pets age, their mental acuity and awareness begins to decline leading to confusion and anxiety. Some senior pets can develop Sundowner Syndrome where they experience episodes of agitation and pacing, barking at nothing and severe anxiety in the evening.

    Secondary Health Problems Caused By Stress and Anxiety in Dogs and Cats

    Chronic stress in pets can have a profound effect on their overall health. It suppresses the immune response, making them more susceptible to secondary health conditions. If your dog or cat licks excessively when stressed or anxious, they can develop a skin infection. Over time, elevated blood pressure and excess cortisol (fight or flight hormone) production can stress the heart.

    The most common secondary health issues caused by stress and anxiety are located in the digestive and urinary tracts.

    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) & Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) One of the most common physical reactions to stress for cats and dogs is digestive upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea. If stress and anxiety are not controlled, the flare-ups of inflammation and stomach upset can increase. Long term IBS & IBD can lead to colitis, ulcers and intestinal lymphoma.

    • Chronic Urinary Tract Infections Stress appears to influence the recurrence and severity of urinary tract infections. Many stressed pets, especially cats, will get one UTI after another and may also develop interstitial cystitis.

    Managing Stress and Anxiety in Cats and Dogs

    Have you ever heard that a tired dog is a happy dog? A dog or cat that has had exercise, mental stimulation and has a regular routine every day will be less likely to exhibit signs of stress and anxiety. By combining these activities with a few natural remedies, you can help build confidence, ease fears and calm anxiety in your pet.

    Natural Remedies for Stress & Anxiety in Pets

    PSY-stabil Calming Supplement can ease your pet's anxiety and help them to feel more comfortable in stressful situations. The ingredients in PSY-stabil work synergistically blending together to promote a sense of calm and peacefulness. It is an all natural way to help your pet feel emotionally balanced. Can help dogs and cats with the following:

    • Nervousness
    • Anxiety
    • Pacing due to dementia
    • Difficuty going to sleep
    • Jumpiness
    • Stress
    • Fear

    Organic Hemp Extract Natural, anti-inflammatory drops that have a calming effect. May help reduce anxiety and fear and improve mood. Ask Ariel carefully vetted our special order Hemp Extract which is made in the USA and 100% organic. It has been used successfully by many dogs and cats with anxiety.

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