Is your dog worried or sick? Signs of separation anxiety can mimic a disease. As a pet owner, you are likely to recognize if your dog is suffering from anxiety or if they have an illness that requires a visit to your veterinarian.
Since our pets are our family members, we want to do everything we can to relieve stress and anxiety. Fortunately, we have tips to help your best friend.
are some signs of separation anxiety.
Remember to contact your veterinarian if you notice changes in the dog's behavior to rule out an underlying health problem:
- Changes in behavior. If you are normally calm
dog becomes aggressive towards other animals or humans, it can be stressful.
- Digestive issues. If your dog has constipation. diarrhea
or vomiting, it may be due to stress.
- Isolation. If your dog is hiding under the bed or
To spend more time in the box or not request your business, stress can be
- Loss of appetite. A dog with a robust appetite like
now avoid that food can do it due to anxiety.
- Sovproblem. If your dog sleeps more than
Normal, or not sleeping as much as usual, stress and separation anxiety can be
causes the change.
Drastic changes in your dog's behavior may warrant a visit to the vet.
Let the care staff know if there have been any changes in the routines of your household, as this will help them determine if your pet is sick or anxious.
dog suffering from separation anxiety can also:
his skin raw
to the bathroom in the house
a "Velcro Dog"
hectic when you leave or come home
Separation anxiety in dogs: tips to help your best friend
can you help your furry best friend deal with separation anxiety?
Enriching dogs is one of the best ways to help Fido or Fluffy feel less alone when you are away.
Here are ours
favorite tips to help your dog become happier and less anxious:
- Playing time is important! Play with your dog before leaving the house. If the weather cooperates, go outside and play fetch, go for a run, walk or let him zoom around the yard.
- Safe spaces. If your dog has the house running, it can lead to his anxiety. Wide open space can make an anxious dog even more nervous. Give her a drawer with a comfortable bed or give her a corner with a blanket, bed and toys she can call her own. Dogs need safe spaces that they can decompress and unwind.
- Quality time. If your household routine has changed and you are now away more than you were before, make time for the two of you to be together. Snuggle up on the couch. Take a car trip. Give your puppy your undivided attention.
- Hire a pet inspector or dog walker. Your dog can benefit from a visitor during the day when you are away. Ask a friend, family member or rent a pet to come and visit your dog and talk to her for a walk or play with her.
- Lighten your puppy in it. If you have been working from home due to coronavirus and know that you will soon be on your way back to work or school, get your dog used to the upcoming change in routine. Leave the house on dry runs to get your dog back into the habit. Do not do much to leave or come home – if you do, it will feed your dog's anxiety.
- Turn on DOGTV. There is nothing better than dog enrichment techniques to keep your pet company and help relieve stress.
Never leave your dog home alone. What?! If you have to leave the house, what should a pet owner do?
Turn on DOGTV! This scientifically developed programming is an ideal companion for your hairy family member. DOGTV will soothe separation anxiety and prevent your dog from being alone.
Has enrichment helped separation anxiety in your dogs? Tell us in the comments below!
Robbi Hess is a DOGTV blog editor and a dog mother.