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Does Your Pet have Separation Anxiety?

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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:

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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