Mental Stress & Trauma

Trauma is an important health hazard in pets. Factors that contribute to trauma include ill management, abusive environment, cause of injury, neglect, etc. Like humans, animals can develop fear and anxiety disorders, and become aggressive or show avoidance behaviors such as hiding and fidget by pacing, jumping up, or repeatedly pawing at their owners. One can also observe behavior like shaking, hiding, urination, defecation, howling, pacing, excessive vocalization when one attempts to interact.

Mentioned below are the symptoms of some of the mental issues that your pet might be struggling with along with their first aid:

  1. Shock: Pets generally are under shock post a physical accident like severe injury or an extreme fight. The symptoms are Weak pulse, Shallow breathing, Nervousness, Dazed eyes. One needs to keep the pet restrained, warm and quiet in such situations. If he gets unconscious, the owner should keep the head level with the rest of the body and immediately rush to the vet.
  2. Unconsciousness: The possible causes of this include- drowning, Electrocution, trauma, or drug ingestion. In case of drowning, remove fluid from the pet’s lungs by lifting his hindquarters high over his head and squeezing his chest firmly until fluid stops coming out. In case of an electrical shock, don’t touch the pet if it is still in contact with the electrical source.  Use rubber slippers to take hold of the pet and rush to the hospital. If the pet is not breathing and has no heartbeat, start CPR.
  3. Fits: These are sudden, uncontrolled spasmodic movements, which can cause your pet to fall onto its side and be unaware of its surroundings. In these situations, do not restrain your dog, instead remove all hard objects or furniture around him and make his ambiance quiet and dark. When he recovers slightly, take him to the vet for consultation.