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Posted on 08-06-2014

Returning to school can be an exciting and fun time for our kids..and parents!! However, our pets are losing their daily playmates and do not understand why.  These situations can actually cause separation anxiety in some of our pets.  These behaviors may include:

  • Excessive pacing, barking or meowing 
  • Urinating or defecating in the home or in unapproved areas
  • Escape attempts
  • Unusual chewing, digging or other frantic behavior
  • Destruction of furniture or toys

Owners who notice these behaviors in their pets should take specific measures to address them. Strategies to alter these behaviors include:

  • Introduce short separations to help the pet become accustomed to the upcoming schedule change
  • Foster the pet's independence by helping it play alone with toys and engage in activities
  • When the pet is alone, leave it an interactive toy via a food dispenser, such as a Kong
  • Do not punish or scold the pet for unusual behavior during the adjustment period. the behavior could be rooted in fear, and punishment could exacerbate that insecurity

If the behavior does not improve, please call our office.  Our veterinarians and technicians can guide you through several methods and/or medications that can be used for this troubling behavior. 

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