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Paw Talk: Pacho's Tips on Spotting and Soothing Pet Stress

Woof! Pacho here, your trusty sidekick and the face you often see wagging its tail around SODO Veterinary Hospital! As our young humans trade in their swim trunks for school bags, our homes undergo quite a change. The constant laughter, play, and cuddles that we’ve enjoyed all summer long become replaced by quieter hours. Yep, it's back-to-school season, and just like you might feel a tad blue with the kids off to school, we pets sometimes feel the pinch too. Here's what to watch out for and how you can help us adjust.

Signs of Stress in Cats:

  • Hiding or Withdrawal: If your usually social kitty suddenly becomes a master of hide-and-seek, this can be a sign that something's amiss.
  • Excessive Grooming: Cats are clean creatures, but if you see them grooming to the point of bald patches, it's cause for concern.
  • Change in Litter Box Habits: Either avoiding the box or going too frequently can indicate stress.
  • Vocalizing More Than Usual: Whether it's meowing loudly or hissing, a vocal cat might be trying to tell you they're upset.

Signs of cat Stress

Signs of Stress in Dogs:

  • Pacing or Restlessness: If we're walking around aimlessly or can't settle, we might be feeling anxious.
  • Excessive Barking or Whining: Just like our feline friends, we use our voices when we're feeling out of sorts.
  • Changes in Eating Habits: Skipping meals or eating more than usual can be signs of stress.
  • Destructive Behavior: If your pup suddenly starts chewing on furniture or digging holes, they might be feeling anxious.

Signs of Dog Stress

The silence in the house post-summer vacations, with our human siblings gone for a good chunk of the day, can make us feel a tad lonely. But worry not! If you notice these signs, it's important to help us adjust to the new norm. Introduce calming routines like soft music during the day or new interactive toys. Schedule playtime post-school hours, so we have something to look forward to. And of course, a check-in with our trusted vets at SODO Veterinary Hospital is always a good idea if you're concerned.

Remember, just like kids take time to adjust to their school routines, we pets need some time to get used to the quieter house. With a sprinkle of patience, a dash of attention, and tons of love, we'll all be wagging and purring in no time!

Tail wags and gentle purrs,

Paws and love,