Behavioural Tip of the Month

Monthly Behaviour Tip

 Heart Disease

Any pet, of any age, can get heart disease. Similarly, they can suffer mental ‘heart health’? Like a lot of humans, pets such as dogs, cats and horses are very anxious beings. A lot of unwanted behaviours of your pets, can be due to an underlying anxiety. Depending on the trigger of the anxiety there can be some simple ways to help reduce the heart ache for your pet when it comes to anxiety, fear and phobias.
 
Reduce expose to the trigger – pin point the trigger and where possible avoid it, or find an alternative to it. 
Play/exercise – physical activities like a walk, game with a favourite toy or chase are great stress reducers.
Provide mental stimulation – Provide food based toys or do some training to keep your pet’s mind focused away from the trigger. 
Create a safe zone – Provide a safe place in your home or item, for your pet to escape high-stress events (a crate, quite room, favourite toy/blanket). 
Calm background noise – Playing calm music or leaving the TV or radio on, can help provide comfort and promote relaxation for your pet.
Choose a high quality food - Your pet’s diet is an integral part of his health and wellbeing. Providing your pet with a diet that is not properly balanced for his or her life stage and lifestyle may cause unforeseen repercussions that may lead to anxiety and stress.
Remain calm yourself – If your pet becomes stressed or anxious, remain calm. Pets pick up on your emotions. If you become upset or stressed, your pet will continue that behaviour. 
Seek assistance from a trainer or behaviourist - about desensitising your pet to the trigger of their stress. 
Be with your pet - If possible be with your pet and hold him/her until the high-stress event has passed (i.e. thunderstorm). Your presence is a great reassurance.

 

Veterinary Nurse Kirstie Hancock is qualified in animal behaviour with her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through the Delta Society. She has lots of great tips and ideas when it comes to misbehaving pets. Keep an eye out for her monthly tips on our Facebook page. Also check out her own business Facebook page - Positive Paws.

Archived previous tips:

February 2020 blog article -  Heart Disease

January 2020 blog article - Summer parasites

December 2019 blog article - Christmas and NYE Festivities 

November 2019 blog article - Parasite Control 

October 2019 blog article - Toilet training 

September 2019 blog article - Skin & allergies

August 2019 blog article - Lets talk muzzles

July 2019 blog article - How diet and obesity affects behaviour

June 2019 blog article - Teaching old dogs new tricks

May 2019 blog article - Arthritis

April 2019 blog article - Behaviour

March 2019 blog article – Behaviour

February 2019 blog article – Separation anxiety

January 2019 blog article – Summer Survival / Ears

December 2018 blog article – Christmas and holiday safety

November 2018 blog article - Vaccinations & Parasite Control

October 2018 blog article - Cat behaviour

September 2018 blog article - Skin & allergies

August 2018 blog article - Dental Month

July 2018 blog article - Cat Obesity

June 2018 blog article - Winter time

May 2018 - Senior Pets / Eye Care

April 2018 - Endocrine Disease

March 2018 blog article - Easter camping

February 2018 blog article - Heart health

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