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Older Dogs and Stress

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Older Dogs and Stress

Are senior dogs more susceptible to stress? What factors cause stress?
What are the signs of stress? What are the dangers of stress for a
senior dog? What should pet owners do to reduce stress?

As your dog grows older, he may become less tolerant to stress around him. He may seem moody or even hostile at times, but this is just because his aging
body cannot react as easily to changes around him. You will want to try and eliminate as many stress factors in your senior dog’s life to keep him happy and
healthy.

What are some signs that my dog is stressed out?

* He may act strangely, that is in a way that is atypical for him
* Weight loss or weight gain
* Snapping or growling for no apparent reason

What can cause stress to the older dog?
* new pets
* new children or other family members
* weather changes, especially cold weather
* frequent traveling in the car

How can I keep my dog happy and stress free?
* Make sure he is comfortable. Keep him cool in the summer and warm in winter.
* Keep his routine consistent and try not to vary his activities too much.
* Give him plenty of affection
* Take a lot of bathroom and walking breaks on long car trips.
* Make sure he gets enough water to drink during car trips as well.
* In the even that you bring another pet home, spend plenty of time with your old dog as well. Giving him extra attention will keep him from feeling neglected.


Stress Free Holidays….

Of course, we love to have our older dogs celebrate the holidays with us. They, however, are usually much happier if everything stays the same. The hustle and
bustle of holidays, with people coming and going and you rushing around to get everything done does not necessarily coincide with your dog's idea of a good time. Try to set aside a period every day during a holiday season to spend "quality time" with your older dog. Reassure him that, even though things in the house aren't exactly the same, your love and devotion to him are unchanged.
He may beg for that delicious-smelling turkey skin, but you need to resist giving it to him because his digestive system won't tolerate it (except, perhaps, in very
small portions). You'll need to keep the trash with the turkey bones (which can splinter and perforate the digestive tract) out of reach, as well as the chocolate
candies that can be poisonous to her.  And watch out for guests! Be sure they know that your older dog isn't supposed to get any leftovers unless you give them to him. Children may need a special reminder not to play rough with your older dog, or to give him candy


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