#4 – Calm Your Pets Anxiety Today In 3 Easy Steps

Mental health awareness and support is finally getting the focus it deserves today. We see more and more local support groups being set up, seminars and workshops put on by the organisations we work for and friends and family understanding the importance of being there to listen.

Pets have been a big part of it too, proven to reduce human stress, helping to lower our heart rates while providing love and affection in times of need.

But our pets can also be the victims of their own struggles with anxiety and stress.

Pet stress is very real…

In fact, in the UK alone it’s estimated that 80% of our pets suffer with anxiety and stress at some point in their lives!

dog barking

 

  1. Identify The Signs

Here’s the signs to look out for –

  • Excessive grooming
  • Change in vocalization (whining/barking)
  • Inappropriate urination
  • Destructiveness
  • Shivering / whimpering
  • Loss of appetite

Recognise any? These are all pretty concerning behaviours to observe in our pets, but before we talk about solutions we need to establish the cause.

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  1. Establish The Cause

Each pet is unique, like us. Some will naturally be a little more nervous or anxious than others and that can all be attributed to various factors including how they’ve been raised and their socialization with other pets.

Here are some common causes of pet anxiety that you can look out for and look to remove –

  • Abandonment and fear of being home alone (particularly with people returning back to office)
  • Loud noises (e.g. fireworks)
  • Travelling
  • Being around strangers
  • Children and other pets
  • Abuse (under previous ownership)
  • Shelters

This is just a small list of the more common causes that lead to pet anxiety and stress. If you distinguish a trait and can relate it to a potential cause, take action today to remove or reduce the cause.

If there’s something there that just can’t be helped e.g. travel, try some of the remedies below that could help manage your pets feelings of anxiety and stress.

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  1. Pet Calming Remedies

Stress is a killer and we would do anything we can to reduce any suffering our loved fur babies are going through, right?

If you have identified any signs of stress in your pet, try some of these remedies below today!

  • Exercise (is your pet getting enough?)
  • Physical contact
  • Massage
  • Music therapy
  • Time-out to relax
  • Specially designed calming coats
  • Supplements
  • Calming home diffusers
  • Specific training
  • Anti-anxiety pet bed!

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Model - @the.cockapoo.milo (Instagram)

Our PPB Beds Are Designed To Help!

Our Luxe Plush Pet Bed range is designed specifically to help reduce pet anxiety and stress.

Soft and calming, raised edge nest design with a fur cover that mimics snuggling into a mothers coat, your pet will instantly feel more relaxed.

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If you want more information on how are beds can help and all the features of our beds, click here.

I hope you’ve found the above helpful!

We’d love to hear all your pet anxiety and stress experiences, let us know what helped with yours so we can share with others too!

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