The 2020 lockdown had a lot of pets get used to having their pet parents around all the time. It must have been wonderful to spend all that time together. However, the world has started regaining its rhythm now. And one of the pet parents’ greatest worries is dealing with separation anxiety in pets. As you slowly readjust to dealing with the outside world, make sure that you also ease your pets’ lives back to normal as well.
This article provides you with essential tips to dealing with separation anxiety in pets as a working, pet parent who must leave the house and go to work to provide for their babies.
Symptoms of Separation Anxiety
Symptoms vary among different pets. But there are a few common signs that most pets share. If you’re unsure about whether or not your pet is dealing with separation anxiety, consult your vet.
Here are some of the symptoms to watch out for:
- Urinating and defecating
- Chewing on furniture, carpet, clothes
- Digestion problems and diarrhea from eating inedible things
- Overeating or lack of eating
Prevention of Separation Anxiety in Pets
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A consistent routine is extremely important to pets, and especially cats. As long as you’re staying home with them, try to create experiences that they should expect at the end of the lockdown. For example, keep them separated from you for a brief period of time at first and slowly increase the time. Create physical barriers such as a door or a child gate. Keep each other apart even when you are in the house. They need to get used to the idea of not seeing you all the time.
Consult the Vet
If you are unsure about whether or not you’re dealing with separation anxiety in pets, it’s always best to ask your vet for a routine check-up. Moreover, if your baby is diagnosed with separation anxiety and it is severe, you can always ask for medication. Do not give medication for anxiety to your pet without medical consultation! Also, Cooper Pet Care is here for you If you need any assistance with pet health insurance.
Get a Pet Sitter
For the first few days of being away from home, consider hiring a pet sitter to keep company to your pets. Make sure they follow the routine of maintaining separation for a brief period of time while they’re in the house to ease things up for them! You can keep a pet sitter for merely a short period of time in the beginning.
Keep Them Busy
Get more toys for your pets that they can play with by themselves. Get them to spend more time with themselves even when you are present in the house.
Separation anxiety in pets is very common. Vets are medically trained to treat it. Give your pets the proper attention they need. As you ease back to your normal life and they ease back to theirs, be mindful of the symptoms and act immediately before it worsens!
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