You Think You’re Stressed?
Anxiety and Stress In Dogs
An unusual event happened about a year ago when our family decided to go on vacation. It was obvious that we were going to leave the house. Our dog was observing all the packing, suitcase shuffling, and the general hurry up last minute details.
Just before we were ready to leave we noticed that our dog, Sidney - a loveable cockapoo (cocker spaniel/poodle mix) - was acting very strange and was almost lethargic and lifeless. This was definitely an abrupt change in his personality and we were really concerned for him. My wife insisted that we take him to the vet and find out if he was suffering from Lyme’s disease or a similar fate.
When we arrived at the vet’s office the first question he asked was, “Are you guys going on vacation?”
How did he know???
You see, Sidney was so sad that we were leaving that he chose to display his anxiety in this manner.
Don’t think for one minute that your dog doesn’t have a connection with everything that goes on in your life and with the members of your family. Anxiety and stress play such an important part in not only our own lives but also in our pet’s lives. It is no wonder that high anxiety and stressful situations may sometimes result in physical medical issues.
Over the years I have had many different breeds of dogs, many of which brought with them stressful and anxious situations of their own.
We had a dog that was hit by a car and yet lived to a ripe old age. We have experienced the destructive puppy stage, the lost puppy stage, the “eat the furniture and dad’s favorite shoe” stage, and of course the difficult potty training resistance stage. We have had the emotional battle with having to put down our animals when they were not able to function properly anymore. We have even experienced the trauma of one of our dogs giving a nasty dog bite to our neighbor.
My point here is that by adopting a dog you will undoubtedly experience stress and anxiety from time to time. Just remember that our pets are not immune to trauma and anxiety either and to consider how they will react when faced with these types of stresses.
On a side note, I would gladly endure these experiences because of the pleasure that each and every one of our companion dogs has brought to our lives. Each dog has become a member of the family and deserves to be treated as such.
That is why I always stress the importance of proper nutrition for our canines by feeding a biologically appropriate raw diet (BARF diet). Feeding your dog what he is designed to eat will reduce unnecessary stress on his digestive and immune system and result in a happier and healthier dog!
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist and has been formulating raw diets for more than thirty years. Recognized as one of the early pioneers in promoting raw foods to pets, Rob’s history of developing and promoting raw meat diets has exposed him to dogs, cats, and zoo carnivores worldwide. Rob and his wife love to travel with their dog, Ubi – a sheltie/beagle mix.
Robert Mueller with his dog, Ubi.
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