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Is Your Pet Stressed?

Is Your Pet Stressed?

Stress is a very real problem that many cats and dogs face on a daily basis. And continual stress can be detrimental to our pets’ health, both long and short term. To help you help your pet cope, we’ve gathered together some of our best resources on cat and dog stress. Our hope is that these will bring awareness to the issue, and help pet parents reduce that problematic stress! Cat and Dog Stress Resources Want to reduce your animal’s stress? These resources will surely help! Watch or read the ones that are relevant to you, or work your way though them all. There are two types of stress – good and bad. And we actually need both. When it comes to our pets, nutritional stress is often forgotten about, but it’s a major issue – it’s definitely in the “bad stress” category”. What causes this type of stress, and what can we do to reduce it? In this short video, Dr. Ian Billinghurst walks us through what nutritional stress is, how it effects the body, and what you can do to reduce the negative nutritional stress your pet is dealing with. The Food-Stress Equation with Inna Shekhtman A diet is more than just a collection of nutrients. Food is intended to be a positive experience for both people and pets. Food is supposed to provide energy and nutrients for the body, support the immune system and bring pleasure, security and happiness through the process of eating. It is also a social experience that can often bring us together. Yet, many foods we feed our pets today do the exact opposite – they are making our pets sick with stress. Food-related stress can affect not only your pet’s physical health but also their mental well-being and even behavior.

From a Traditional Veterinary Chinese Medicine (TCVM) perspective, The Five Element Theory emphasizes that each living being has a set of personality traits that match with each element– wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The type of element associated with each dog correlates with its emotional disharmonies as well. Put simply; every dog has its own set of traits– likes, dislikes, wants, and fears. Reference: Adored Beast: www.adoredbeast.com

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