Beating the Back to School Pet Blues

When it’s time for the kids to go back to school, they’re not the only ones who might be upset. Pets, too, can be affected by the sudden change of schedule. After a summer of having their best friends around to play with all day, they are suddenly left alone in an empty house while you work and the kids are at school. For dogs especially, this can be jarring, and as such, they may develop pet separation anxiety. This condition can take its toll on your pet’s mental and physical health, as well as your relationship with them. Our animal hospitals in Boonville and Newburgh have come up with tips for you to help your pet cope with being alone.

Tips for Helping Your Pet Accept Their Alone Time

Here are our tips for helping your pet be alone:

  • Exercise them before you leave for the day so they are tired and sleepy. A tired dog is much less likely to have the energy to be upset when you leave!
  • Give your pet a special treat in a food puzzle or a special toy that they only get when they are alone. This will help them associate good things with being alone as well as distract them when you’re leaving!
  • Leave the TV or radio on so they have something calming to listen to while you’re away. A nature channel or a classical musical station are good options.
  • Make sure your kids play with your pet when they get home from school so your pet has something to look forward to at the end of the day.
  • If your pet suffers from more severe pet separation anxiety, talk to your veterinarian about a behavior conditioning plan and anti-anxiety medication. The medication can help keep your pet calm while you implement training to help them better cope with being alone.

If you have questions about pet separation anxiety, contact one of our animal hospitals today!

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