Much like humans, pets are in danger of being affected by stress. Is your pet acting unusual, does it seem anxious or depressed? Then stress could be the cause. In fact, experiencing stress could cause health complications in your pet, and can lead to larger problems. Read on to learn how to spot the signs indicating that your dog or cat may be stressed:

Tucked Tail 

We all recognize a tucked tail as a sign of an unhappy dog, but a dog actually has multiple other ways of showing that it’s uncomfortable – some you might not be familiar with.

Avoiding Eye Contact

A stressed dog will avoid eye-contact and isolate itself from other pets or people. An increase in drool and shedding, as well as paw sweat, are also all indicators of an anxious and stressed out dog.

Loss of Appetite

Dogs don’t go on diets like people do, so if your pet suddenly loses interest in food or stops eating altogether, it could be a sign of anxiety or stress. Additional signs of stress include a change in sleep schedule and/or aggression towards its surroundings.

When it comes to cats, some stress signs are very similar to those of the dogs:

A decrease in appetite and constant isolation are both major indicators of a stressed cat. Also, a cat urinating outside the litter box might be a sign of stress. Your initial reaction may be to yell and get mad, but don’t – your cat is trying to tell you something. Furthermore, excessive grooming and aggression towards people or other animals also serve as indicators.

When it comes to your pets, always be alert. If any signs occur, consult a veterinarian to get the answers to your questions.


This Fall, TOP TAILS® is the perfect Dog Walker and Pet Sitter!

It can be hard to make sure that your pet is receiving the exercise and care that they need during the autumn months, especially with the kids going back to school and our work schedules ramping back up. But with TOP TAILS® Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, you can be sure that your furry friend is getting the best care and attention during the day, while also ensuring that they are happy and healthy in the fall. When you can’t be home to do it yourself, TOP TAILS® makes sure that your pup gets the regular exercise and proper care they need! By hiring TOP TAILS® for pet care in Philadelphia, you’ll be able to rest assured that your dog, cat or small animal is in good hands while you’re away. You can always trust that our team members will provide your furry family members with the best care because they are trained and experienced in meeting all of your pets’ needs.

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