Pet Health: Animal Stress Reactors Cause Measurable Changes In Ph
Keeping & regaining your pet’s balance during stress can be measured in changes of Ph.
It is no secret that on any given day, there are a number of different stressors and personal problems that people deal with on a regular basis. Whether you are anxious about an upcoming interview or work meeting, stressing about personal finances and bills, or you are simply dealing with someone in your life that is causing you great stress, these problems are a normal part of life that we must overcome at one point or another.
Luckily, when it comes to stress, there is no one better to cheer us up or lift our spirits than our faithful and loving pets. Sometimes a nice cuddle with your purring kitten or a relaxing game of fetch in the backyard with Rover is all it takes to put a smile on our face and fight through our problems.
However, what many people do now know is that pets, just like their owners, have plenty of their own things to stress about. No, we’re not talking about becoming anxious that you forgot to feed them, or stressing over the evil red laser dot that keeps appearing around every corner (although these are certainly stressful moments). Traumatic situations such as going to the vet, travelling or meeting a new animal can each create the effects of stress on an animal’s body that are stunningly similar to stress’s effects on humans.
What’s more, failure to recognize stress signals can affect the long-term physical and mental well being of both the animals and humans in this type of environment. To learn more about the common stressors that affect our pets on a day-to-day basis, we have gathered some basic information on how to identify and treat stress in animals:
Know Your Pet’s Stressors
One of the largest factors in reducing stress in your pet’s life is first being able to identify what it is that causes them anxiety. A 2004 study of stress-related illness in cats found that the biggest source of stress for domestic cats is unfriendly relationships with other cats in the house. In both dogs and cats, fear of strangers also tends to be a short-term stressor.
Here are a few examples of other common causes of stress in your pet’s life:
- Unusual noises
- Unknown places
- People exhibiting strange or unusual behaviors
- Being crowded by people or other animals
- Veterinary visits
- Extreme indoor and outdoor temperatures
Keep Yourself Free of Stress
In our human day-to-day lives, it seems as if there are no shortage of things to stress out about: the economy, politics, financial problems, work or school, etc. However, many people do not often realize that, when humans get stressed out, their pets often take on that stress too. Therefore, it wouldn’t hurt to try and cut stress out of your own life in order to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Take Preventative Steps
Stress can cause a significant change in the pH of our pet’s GI tract, which in turn may cause a loss in the bacteria that they need to keep healthy. Therefore, supplying Bene-Bac® Plus which includes 7 different types of beneficial bacteria can help your pet re-establish the correct gut pH which is lost during times of stress or over-excitement. Bene-Bac® Plus is especially ideal for pets who are under adverse conditions, such as showing, breeding, traveling, post-birth, after worming, etc.
For more information about how Bene-Bac® Plus can help to benefit your pet’s health and digestive tract, as well as decrease the amount of stress in their lives, be sure to contact PetAg today and learn all about how you can include these helpful ingredients into your pets diet routine.