Apr
21
2014

Understanding The Link Between Dog Health and Behavior

Understanding the Link between Dog Health and Behavior

Understanding the Link between Dog Health and Behavior

A recent article on the I Love Dogs site highlighted an important fact; if a dog’s behavior has changed, it could be because they are in pain. Have you noticed your dog has been snapping when they haven’t before, or they are spending more time away from you than you consider normal? Paying attention to red flags like these can help you be aware of when your dog just may not be feeling well. Other signs include how they are walking, eating, and playing, and if they are limping or struggling to get up when they stand.

While much of the above mentioned signs can be attributed to age, it still plays a big part in canine behavior. Physical stress can lead to mental decline, causing disturbances in your dog’s sleep-wake cycles, making them restless at night but sleepy during the day. This disruption can cause them to forget previously learned commands or habits they once knew well, such as house training and coming when called. It can also increase their anxiety and tendency to react aggressively, potentially leading to a dog bite liability insurance claim.

It’s important when you notice any behavior changes in your dog, that you don’t assume they are “just getting old”. There is always something that can be done to help them. Many changes in behavior could be signs of completely treatable medical disorders, and there are a number of therapies that can comfort your dog and manage their symptoms, including any pain he may be experiencing.

Consider seeking professional help from your veterinarian and/or an animal behavior expert if you do notice behavior issues in your dog. Doing so could help you prevent a dog bite liability insurance claim, since dogs that are not feeling well and are behaving erratically are much more likely to snap or attack. This is true for any dog, no matter how friendly their demeanor usually is.

At the Federation of Insured Dog Owners (F.I.D.O), we offer the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive Dog Bite Liability Product and benefit for F.I.D.O members only. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495. 

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