The health of your pet is very important. Sometimes you will note that he is acting or behaving in an unusual way and you may find out that your dog is depressed or overly anxious. Stress in dogs is more common than you would think; there are several factors that contribute to canine stress. In this article, we will discuss five common signs of stress in dogs. As soon as you identify these signs, you need to do what is best for their health.

Constipation, diarrhoea and other digestive issues

Although these signs are commonly attributed to food intolerance or a certain disease, issues such as constipation or diarrhoea can be as a result of stress and anxiety. If you find out that your dog has constipation or diarrhoea, you need to visit the veterinarian, especially if the condition has lasted for more than 24 hours. If your dog is vomiting and you find out that the vomit or stool is bloody, this may be a clear indication of foodborne sickness/illness.

Loss of appetite

Naturally, dogs are fun and happy creatures. Most of the time you will find that your dog is always happy and jovial. It is uncommon for dogs to lose appetite unless there is a serious health problem or stress. If you find out that your dog is not eating, you need to consult your veterinarian. Conditions such as anorexia may lead to loss of appetite and thus affect their overall health. It is good to always visit the veterinarian anytime you find an uncommon behaviour in your dog. This will help prevent occurrences that may affect the health or cause a serious health condition.


If you constantly leave your dog alone, he may suffer from separation anxiety. It is always good to spend time with your pet. Exercises are very important and feeding him with quality and healthy food will not only improve his health but also reduce the occurrences of stress.

Excess sleep

If you have a dog, of course, you know his sleeping pattern and schedule. If you find out that your dog is sleeping more than enough or expected time, you need to visit the veterinarian because this may be as a result of stress. Your dog may have an underlying health condition that has resulted to excess sleep. Injury or any other condition such as diabetes, liver problem, heart attack, severe dehydration, anaemia, poisoning or other conditions may cause him to sleep excess. In such a case, you need to take him to the veterinarian.

Aggression toward other animals or people

Sometimes you may find out that your dog is very aggressive toward people or other animals. This should not be ignored and could be the sign of a serious health problem. Dogs are known to be friendly animals unless they’re irritated. If you find out that your dog is aggressive to others for no good reason, you need to visit the veterinarian. The veterinarian will assist you and advise you on what needs to be done. He may also recommend a muzzle.

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If your dog is showing some of these behaviours, it may be a sign of stress, and you need to visit the veterinarian. Stress is a sign of underlying health conditions such as injuries, liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, or any other sickness that may affect the mood and health of your dog.


About the Author: My name is Evelyn Valdez, creator of PlaywithMeow! I love all pets ( especially cats) because they always make me happy and healthy. I want to connect with other pet lovers in the world to share experience in healthy and caring pets.

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