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Thoughts On Greyhound Anxiety


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One of the things I've noticed is that when my dog has anxiety his temp rises. So if I lower the heat his symptoms get better. Anyone else ever seen this?

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I've never taken my dog's temp when they are anxious, but I can tell you that is exactly what happens to me. For example, I hate public speaking, so much so that I give myself a nice little fever before I have to do it! I imagine it could be the same for other creatures experiencing stress/anxiety.

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I would think that's part of the normal autonomic response to a stressor. The body getting itself ready for a flight or fight response by increasing blood flow - and therefore temperature - to muscles and major organs. Perhaps lowering the temperature relieves some of the stress and anxiety of a certain situation.

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Bebe's rises during thunderstorms because she's thunderphobic. As soon as the storm passes, she cools down.

 

Some of it might be from her panting and pacing. She's using up a lot of energy in that short time span.

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anxiety causes a lot to increase; temp, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate etc. Dogs with pain or in extreme cold experience this as well.

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