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It’s a Stressful Time For Our Canine Friends

Sunday, July 5, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

The forth of July is not your dog’s favorite time of year, I will tell you that. Those loud fireworks can be very stressful for your canine friend. Most people don’t realize the affects these loud noises have on our furry friends. This year is unique in that almost all fireworks displays are cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Instead individuals bought their own fireworks so those loud explosions were heard throughout the evening at different hours on different days! . One night, I heard them going off about midnight. It is annoying to me but I could imagine how your dog feels. He is probably stressed out. Here are some signs of stress to look for.  This list was produced by Sirius Dog.

Stress Signs:

  • Backing away
  • Growling when approached to be handled
  • Crouching or slinking posture
  • Cowering
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yawning (Unless your dog is about to take a nap, yawning is fairly indicative of stress.)
  • Panting (Panting is normal for dogs who are hot, but the dog looks relaxed. If panting is related to stress, often the tongue will be cupped at the tip as opposed to laying limp and relaxed.)
  • Drooling
  • Pacing
  • Excessive shedding
  • Diarrhea/ bowel movements
  • Vomiting
  • Inappropriate or increased urination (when the body is stressed, fluids are forced from the body)
  • Licking the lips
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Dilated pupils and/or red around the eyes
  • Trembling or shivering (take in context – dog may be cold)
  • Shaking (as if the animal were shaking off water)
  • Whining, excessive vocalizing (barking)
  • Freezing in place
  • Nipping
  • Sweaty paws (leaving sweaty paw prints on the floor)
  • Increased activity (may look frantic or ‘hyperactive’)
  • Excessive scratching or licking repeatedly
  • “Spacing out” by turning away or avoiding eye contact
  • Hiding behind the handler
  • Hiding under furniture
  • Decreased activity
  • Refusing to interact with family; previously playful dog not wanting to play
  • Confusion (may also be a medical emergency such as seizure or diabetic problem)
  • Skin disorders (may need medical or dietary attention in addition to stress management)

If the stress persists, contact your vet. There could be other causes that you need to consider

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