If you’re moving with pets, who are simply members of your family, you can expect them to be a little stressed. After all, you’re stressed—and it’s tougher on them, because they sense your stress and they don’t know what’s going on.
Short of hiring a dog whisperer, what can you do to recognize and minimize your pets’ stress?
How to Recognize Stress in Your Pet
Naturally, pets’ personalities have a lot to do with how they deal with your big move. Stress affects diferent pets in different ways, so here’s what you should watch for.
Stress in Dogs
When dogs become stressed, they may:
- Engage in destructive behavior
- Bark inside and outdoors
- Doing his or her business inside the house
- Be aggressive, including growling, snapping and biting
- Become physically ill, such as vomiting, diarrhea, excessive licking or pulling out clumps of fur
Stress in Cats
When cats become stressed, they may:
- Hide for long periods of time
- Chase their own tails
- Lose their appetites
- Vomit or get diarrhea
- Groom themselves excessively
What to Do if You See Signs of Stress in Your Pet
Some pheromone sprays can help your pets calm down; pheromone sprays mimic the natural pheromones that dogs and cats excrete to calm their young.
Exercise and play are also great stress relievers, so make sure you’re devoting plenty of time to your four-legged family member before, during and after the move.
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