Pets across the world have been getting a lot of extra attention while their humans have been sheltering at home due to COVID-19. But now, as school goes back in session outside of cyberspace, furry family members will be missing their human companions and could experience separation anxiety.

Dogs and cats need a lot of love. Walks, cuddles, playtime. When they’re home alone, they may experience fear, frustration, an itch to frolic outside, sensitivity to outside noises. A lack of stimulation coupled with the disruption in their routine due to your absence could lead to the following:

Signs of Separation Anxiety

  • Constant whining, crying, barking
  • Panting and drooling
  • Urinating or soiling in the house
  • Destructive chewing
  • Damage to exits (doors, windows) in the house
  • Loss of appetite

Don’t worry — there are plenty of ways to prepare your pets for your absence.

How to Ease into a New Routine

  • Social distance from your pet
  • Work up to longer distances and periods of absence
  • Give plenty of exercise (take your dog for a long walk or break out the laser pointer for your cat before you leave for the day)
  • Provide interactive toys
  • Stay as relaxed as possible around your pet before you leave
  • If needed, contact your veterinarian
  • about medications that can help

Pet Wellness Clinics is always here to assist you as well! Be sure to ask your veterinarian about natural remedies, over-the-counter medicine and prescription medications that can help alleviate your pet’s separation anxiety.

Don’t forget that we offer telemedicine and curbside visits, and our Pet Prime Membership provides preventive care at an affordable cost.

Your furry one doesn’t have to go through separation anxiety alone. We’re here to help!

Your pets deserve the best veterinary care possible