Return to work causing separation anxiety in pets
As we are getting back to normal, people are going back to work and going on vacation throughout the summer months. Sometimes, this means leaving our pets behind.
With the pandemic on it's way out, local veterinarians say pet separation anxiety has never been more common.
"In the beginning, dogs and cats were like "What are you doing here? This was my domain. Why are you sticking around? I'm not sleeping on the couch anymore," explained Dr. Courtney O'Neill, Veterinarian with Austintown Veterinary Clinic. "Now they're going, 'What are you doing? Why aren't they here?"
O'Neill says if your pet is pacing, panting, whining or even acting destructive, it could be separation anxiety. There's ways to avoid this.
"You don't want to jump into the 8-10 hour work day," O'Neill said. "You maybe try a couple hours at a time where you're both away and try to ease into it a little bit that way."
O'Neill also suggested putting the TV on, putting music on or giving them a toy that they have to work on, like a Kong with peanut butter.
"Now that owners are returning to work, we are seeing dogs coming back for doggy daycare and boarding," explained Lesley McBurney, Owner of Hubbard Pet Resort & Spa. "They are acting a little strange."
McBurney agrees it's a good idea to allow your pets some time to ease into that full time separation. She suggested bringing in your animals a few times a week for shorter periods of time before fully returning back to work.
"They solidify in their minds that mom and dad are always going to come get them so that does take down the anxiety," McBurney said.
McBurney also added if you take your pet to a daycare, it's a good idea to bring a blanket or something that smells like you.
"Sending toys from home, clothes they've worn or pillow cases they've slept on, something that smells like home is a great idea," said.
McBurney says medications like Trazadone, Acepromazine and even CBD oil can help calm animals when they're stressed.
Consult with your veterinarian for your pet's best options.