Pet behavior can change with changes in daily routine, exposure to prolonged noise, and physical pain. Changes in behavior are indicative of stressors of a mental or emotional nature.
– Both cats and dogs require regular exercise that has benefits of reducing stress and providing mental stimulation.
– Mental stimulation such as teaching new tricks to your pet will divert their attention from a stressor and presents opportunity for engagement and fun.
– Dog or cat appeasing pheromone products are available to help calm a pet. They contain a version of the hormone nursing mothers produce to calm their puppies.
Lavender oil is among the most popular ancient remedies for pet stress. A 2006 study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) showed it can be effective for dogs with a history of travel anxiety before a long car ride.
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