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