The outbreak of the Covid19 virus may have felt isolating to most as we adapted to working from home, travel restrictions, and quarantine. To our pets, it was an opportunity to spend time with their most treasured companions. Now that people are beginning to step out of their Covid19 quarantine and back into their regular routines, how will our beloved pets adapt to our absence? Here are some tips to keep your pet happy and well-adjusted as we reintegrate into the new post-pandemic normal.
What is Separation Anxiety?
Separation anxiety is a physiological and behavioral response a dog experiences when separated from a guardian, resulting in panic or destructive behaviors. Even the most well-behaved animals can exhibit symptoms of separations anxiety. The best way to understand your animal’s behavior is to know the symptoms so that when your dog is distressed, you can start to reduce the undesirable actions immediately.
- Excessive drooling
- Scratching doors or destroying furniture
- Urinating and defecating indoors
- Howling, barking, and whining
- Pacing and heavy panting
- No eating until you return home
How Can You Help Your Pets Adjust?
- Practice leaving your animals alone for small intervals, then increase the amount of time you leave them alone gradually.
- Purchase a pet camera so you can visit with your pet while you are away.
- Invest in quality pet toys to avoid boredom.
- Hire an animal sitter to visit your pet while you are away.
- OTC pheromone to help calm your pet.
- Don’t drag out your departure.
- Leave an article of clothing that smells like you with your pet.
When All Else Fails, Consult Your Veterinarian
Various anxiety medications are safe for your pets to use if used responsibly and with a prescription. It’s been said that your pet is the only thing that will love you more than you love yourself, so give your pet the consideration they deserve. Please be sure they are happy, safe, and anxiety-free as we slowly coast back into our busy lives.