Signs Of Stress In Dogs

Season’s Greetings! The holidays can be very fun, but it can also be quite stressful, for both people and pets. Fido may not be worried about how to fit that 8th holiday party into his schedule, but he can get pretty unsettled over changes and disruptions … two things we see plenty of at this time of year. A Frisco, TX vet lists a few warning signs to look for in this article.


Pacing is often a sign of anxiousness or unease in people. This is true for dogs as well. If Fido is moving back and forth, he may be unsettled about something.


Trembling is another telltale sign of fearfulness in dogs. This one you may notice with nervous pets on loud, busy nights, such as New Year’s Eve.


Fido may whine, yowl, or bark if he is feeling stressed. Dogs with separation anxiety often do this when they are left alone: they may be vocalizing to tell their pack leaders (that would be you) where they are.


If Fido gives a big old yawn before settling down into that comfy new doggy bed he got for Christmas, you probably don’t need to worry. However, if your canine buddy often yawns, drools, or licks his lips, he could be feeling stressed.


Excessive shedding can also be a sign of doggy stress. Sometimes pups blow their coats out when they’re nervous. (Kitties do this as well.)


Pay attention to Fido’s body language. Dogs that are stressed may blink a lot, or show the whites of their eyes. They may also sit or stand in a hunched position, tuck their tails, or seem rigid.  Fido may also retreat to a quiet room, or hide in his crates.

Upset Stomachs

Stress can take a toll on our appetites and digestion. This happens with dogs, too. Fido may go off his food, or he may be subject to tummy troubles, such as vomiting or diarrhea. Be extra careful what you offer your canine companion, especially around the holidays. 


If you know or suspect your furry buddy is stressed, spend extra time with him. Make sure he has lots of toys, and is getting enough activity and stimulation. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Happy holidays from everyone here at Coit Hedgcoxe Animal Hospital, your Frisco, TX pet hospital. Call us anytime!

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