Let's talk about stress
Thursday, March 2, 2017
This article forms an introduction to stress in companion animal species — what it is, why does it occur and how it does it affect the pets in our care and their behavioural choices. A series of subsequent articles will examine, in more detail, the nature and alleviation of stress in specific companion animal species. Many companion animals live in environments for which they are ill-prepared, resulting in an inability to relax and frequent (if not chronic) exposure to stressors that maintain physiological and neurochemical arousal, with the accompanying predisposition to stress-related health problems. Despite the relative enormity of this welfare problem, recognition of individual animals suffering distress and the prevention of distress is rarely discussed with owners during routine surgery visits.
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