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How to Reduce Stress in Cats and Dogs

Just like humans, dogs and cats can experience stress, which can significantly impact their long-term health. Everyday stressors, as well as occasional events such as thunderstorms or fireworks, can affect even the most pampered pets. Conditions like feline lower urinary tract disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome, obesity, gastric dilatation volvulus (bloat), noise phobias, and separation anxiety have all been linked to chronic stress in both dogs and cats.

What Causes Stress in Dogs and Cats

Many events can cause stress in pets, including:

  • Holidays: Increased activity and unfamiliar people can overwhelm pets.

  • Storms: Thunder, lightning, and changes in atmospheric pressure can be distressing.

  • Traveling: Changes in environment and routine can be stressful.

  • Boarding: Separation from familiar surroundings and owners can cause anxiety.

  • Grooming: Handling and noise at grooming facilities can be unsettling.

  • Separation Anxiety: Being left alone for extended periods can lead to stress.

Loud noises such as fireworks or thunder can be particularly distressing. Additionally, there is evidence suggesting that how a mammal responds to stress and chronic disease is closely related to nutrient deficiencies, imbalances, and toxicity.

Dog and Cat Stress Relief

To help reduce stress in your pets, consider the following tips:

  1. Balanced Nutrition

  • Ensure your pets receive balanced nutrition to support their overall health. Stress can deplete essential nutrients, so it's crucial to supplement their diet.

  • Daily supplements like Doc Roy’s® Daily Care for Feline or Canine can help replenish these nutrients and support your pet's health.

  1. Calm Environment

  • During stressful events such as fireworks or thunderstorms, keep your pets indoors with calming music or white noise to drown out loud sounds.

  • Maintain a calm demeanor yourself; pets often pick up on their owner's anxiety.

  1. Positive Reinforcement

  • Use treats or favorite toys to create positive associations with stressful situations. This technique can help distract and comfort your pet.

  • Give them a special toy or treat that they only receive during these times, making it a positive experience.

  1. Calming Agents

  • Utilize calming products to support your efforts. Natural remedies like Rescue Remedy can be effective in calming anxious pets during stressful events.

  • Pheromone products such as ThunderEase Dog Calming Collar for dogs or Comfort Zone® with Feliway Spray and Scratch Control for cats can help maintain normal behavior by mimicking natural calming pheromones.

  1. Veterinary Support

  • Consult with your veterinarian about prescription anti-anxiety medications for managing long-term stress or specific stressful situations like grooming, veterinary visits, thunderstorms, and fireworks.

  • Ensure you have a plan in place with your vet, so they can provide the necessary support during high-stress periods.

Additional Tips for Managing Pet Stress

  • Consistent Routine: Maintaining a consistent daily routine can help reduce anxiety in pets.

  • Safe Space: Provide a designated safe space where your pet can retreat during stressful times.

  • Regular Exercise: Regular physical activity can help reduce anxiety and improve overall well-being.

  • Socialization: Proper socialization can help pets become more adaptable and less fearful of new situations.

Taking these steps to calm your pet can significantly improve their quality of life, helping them learn to tolerate stressful situations and live longer, happier lives.

For more information and support, visit or call us at 800-658-5308. We are here to help you and your pets achieve a stress-free and healthy life.ieve a stress-free and healthy life.

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