Is My Dog Stressed?

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    Is my dog stressed or sick? How can I tell? Take a good look at your dog. They will show some signs that they are stressed. Check your dogs eyes, just like stressed people, your dog may have dilated pupils and blink rapidly. They may open their eyes really wide and show more sclera (white) than usual, giving them a startled appearance. Next, check their ears, ears that are usually relaxed or alert are pinned back against the head. Check to see if there is any change in her body posture. Is she whining and/or  howling? Does she have diarrhea or is she drooling. How about her daily diet, did her appetite increase or decrease at all. Is she having trouble sleeping? Many of these are signs of stress or anxiety in your dog. Not to worry, it's not hard to reduce your dog's stress level. 

     The easiest way to reduce a dog's stress level is to keep them on a schedule.  Another way to reduce stress in your dog is to provide regular, daily exercise like walking or playing. Many dogs enjoy trips to the dog park or just being outside. Swimming is another form of physical activity that can help reduce your dog's daily stress level, and it will also helps them live a healthier life. Some dogs also enjoy a qiuet room with just a cuddle.

    If your dog is still stressed, it might be time to call the vet, it might not be stress and she may be trying to tell you something else is wrong.