Does Your Pet have Separation Anxiety?
How can you tell if your pet has separation anxiety? Sometimes it may be difficult to tell the difference between misbehavior and separation anxiety. If you discipline your pet when it's a separation anxiety issue, you may actually make things worse, and not solve the core problem. Knowing the difference between the two can help drastically. Chewing, urination, and other panic responses after you leave the house are not misbehavior, but are in fact separation anxiety problems, and the pet should not be disciplined for them. If your pet's misbehavior happens mostly when left alone, chances are it's an anxiety issue, not a behavior issue. Other signs may be:
- Your pet following you from room to room
- When arriving home, your pet maybe overly excited when greeting you
- Your pet may react with depression, anxiety or excitement when you prepare to leave the house
- Chewing, digging or scratching at the doorway to be reunited with you
- They may bark, howl or whine until you return
- Urinate even though the pet is house trained
- Clings to your side constantly
- Display attention seeking behavior
Separation anxiety is common in older pets and pets who have experienced a traumatic event, such as being lost or left in a new or different environment. If established routines have been changed, such as a new work schedule or a vacation, pets can develop separation anxiety. Even a family member leaving or a new baby coming into the home can cause separation anxiety. Treat separation anxiety under the guidance of your veterinarian. Natural supplements may also help to relieve some of the issues associated with separation anxiety.
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