Back to school: Separation anxiety and pets

by | General Pet Care |

With the school season back in full swing, your family with all be adjusting to the new schedule – and that includes your pets!

Your pet may need time to adjust to the change in schedule. Separation anxiety can occur for pets when they are used to having you around all the time. Here are some symptoms of separation anxiety.

Symptoms of Separation Anxiety

Some symptoms of this condition includes doing any of the below when left alone:

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    Urinating and Defecating

  • Barking and Howling
  • Chewing, Digging and Destruction of household
  • Escaping from where confined when left alone, or separated from guardian.
  • Pacing in a fixed pattern when separated
  • Coprophagia, when the dog defecates and consumes all or some of their excrement.

If these actions are done out of separation anxiety, they typically are not performed in front of the guardian.

For information on this topic, take a look at the ASPCA’s post on Separation Anxiety.

To learn tips on overcoming this anxiety with your pet, read our blog: How to Help a Pet with Separation Anxiety.

For more information on the condition, read: Separation Anxiety in Dogs.

You can also take a look at Tips for Successful Crate Training.

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