They say dogs are similar to us in many ways, but can dogs go grey from stress too? Apparently they can and here’s proof:
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According to a recent study in Applied Animal Behavior Science, “Premature graying in young dogs may be a possible indicator of anxiety, fear, or impulsivity issues in dogs under four years of age.”
The study examined 400 dogs across Colorado and administered dog behavior questionnaires to their owners. The results found that dogs between one and four years old who exhibited higher owner-reported signs of anxiety showed a greater extent of premature muzzle graying than their less anxious dog peers. Increased muzzle grayness also was related to owner-reported symptoms of impulsivity in the dogs. Female dogs showed higher levels of grayness than male dogs. Dog size, spay/neuter status and the presence of medical problems showed little impact on the extent of muzzle grayness.
So when your dog is showing signs or depression, stress or anxiety get him help as soon as you can. Nobody likes to live a stressful life, not even your dog.
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