There are a number of different factors that affect our pet’s well-being and can even lead to animal afflictions like puppy anxiety or cat depression.
To effectively care for your pet, it’s important to determine whether they may be depressed or anxious, as well as the specific cause.
Is your fur baby stressed, on edge, and difficult to play with? This could be because of:
Understanding your pet’s body language will alert you to the situations or places that cause them anxiety. Naturally, any new or strange behavior is a potential warning sign, but there are several standard indications of dog anxiety and cat anxiety that can be helpful to note.
Signs You Have A Panicked Pup
Manifestations of A Fearful Feline
Shared Indications Of Agitated Animals
Is your four-legged friend lethargic and hard to excite? This may be because they’re:
As with pet anxiety, body language and behavior changes can tell you a lot about your pet’s overall wellness. Look for these common signs of depression in dogs and cats, as well as any noticeable changes in routine or habits.
Signs You Have A Depressed Dog
Shared Indications Of Pessimistic Pets
Manifestations of A Melancholy Cat
Just like in humans, most mental health conditions are manageable—with the right techniques, that is. With time, patience, and consistent treatment, you may be able to relieve your pet’s stress and give them the tools they need to overcome their anxiety or depression altogether.
Don’t know where to start? Try these:
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