Singapore is the only first-world country in Southeast Asia, with the reputation of also being the most expensive. While Hong Kong was mistakenly perceived as a first-world country, it hasn’t been since it was handed over to China.
Singapore is even smaller compared to Hong Kong in terms of population and size. Hence, it can get quite crowded, especially in the city centers, with nearly 9,000 people per square kilometer.
For sure, space can be an issue in Singapore, but to its credit, the country is pet-friendly particularly dogs. For inbound travelers, you can apply for a pet passport if you bring your dog or cat with you. They will be embedded with a microchip for better monitoring.
You can also buy most of the needs of your furry friends from an online pet shop in Singapore, which makes it convenient because the items will be delivered to your house or office
Dogs can suffer from anxiety and stress. However, they manifest in very different ways that the owners are unaware that their pets already need extra attention. If they are left untreated, they will lead to long-term behavioral problems.
Here are 5 symptoms you need to look out for:
Your dog paces and shivers a lot
Dogs shake extra water after taking a bath, and they shiver when they are cold. However, when your pet has uncontrollable shakes, it is a common sign of stress. They may also pace a lot, and it is often accompanied by a whimper, which means that they are agitated over something. If the problem persists, call a vet.
They cower and hide
Most of the feelings of anxiety are rooted in fear. They might be afraid of loud noises, thunder, or the new environment. More often than not, they would outgrow these fears as they adjust to their environment. If not, you should seek help. They will also pant very hard, along with some drool, when they are stressed or anxious.
They defecate and urinate all over
Have you noticed why your dog can control his bowels when you are around, but then defecate or urinate whenever you leave? He could be suffering from separation anxiety, affecting from 20% to 40% of dogs. They may also destroy furniture and bark incessantly.
Uncontrollable yawning or drooling
Yawning is a natural sign of being sleepy or tired. But your dog will also yawn incessantly when he is stressed. You can differentiate the two because when the pet is stressed, the yawn is more intense and prolonged. When he is nervous, it will also manifest as a form of drooling or licking.
Another way to know is to look at their pupils, which may be dilated due to stress. You can see this by the way they assume a “surprised” look. Their ears will also be pinned back tight against their head, and their tails tucked.
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Loss of appetite
When your dog is barely eating, he can be stressed or anxious about something. But you need to bring him to the vet for a full check-up.
You can also buy products from a pet shop in Singapore to help with your dog’s anxiety and stress. For instance, Thundershirt has a relief vest designed to minimize anxiety in dogs. Another product is WAHL calming dog shampoo. For long trips, you can give your dog a supplement capsule to calm them down.
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