Pets can and do experience stress which can have a detrimental effect on their behavior, health and overall well-being. Common stress behaviors are: being restless, an inability to relax, poor sleeping habits including excessive sleeping, becoming jumpy, irritable, destructive behaviors, excessive barking or whining, loss of appetite, obsessive/compulsive behaviors, and inability to focus. It can also increase reactivity, which frequently increases aggression.
- Adding a new pet into a home with existing pets – Noise related situations such as fireworks
- Traveling. Trips to the veterinarian or groomer – Separation anxiety or boarding
- Following surgery (wait at least 24 hours)