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Separation Anxiety in Your Pets
by: Mike Koehn

Just like youngsters, your pets can experience separation anxiety. Separation anxiety in pets is commoner than you may well think, taking place in roughly 10%-15% of pets. Both dogs and cats are at the beck and call of the condition.

What's separation anxiety?

When a pet has separation anxiety, they demonstrate indicators of stress from a dread of being away from their owner. They may display it in any amount of methods. Whining and howling throughout the day, scratching at windows and destroying items in the home. Your may even notice that your housetrained pet may be relieving themselves within when you're gone. These signals of stress are not healthy for them and can be disastrous to your place.

Reasons Behind Separation Anxiety

There could be plenty of reasons that may trigger separation anxiousness in pets. Some examples are :

Previous desertion or Abuse - Being deserted or abused by a prior owner. If you purchased them from an animal shelter it is really important to realise your dog's history.

Change of Schedule - passing more time off from home and your pets may lead to separation stress. If your roles all of a sudden needed you to spend more hours at work, or when your children return to university are 1 or 2 illustrations.

Change of Possession - Dogs which have been passed from home to home.

Signals of Separation Anxiety

When identifying separation foreboding, there are a few signs to take a look for. A few of them are way more common than others, examples are:

reoccurring following of owner or companion animal.

Over the top greetings when you come home from work or running errands.

Hiding and sulking when the owner is prepared to go.

Obstructing of door as owners try and go.

Urinating or defecating in the house when they're left alone (for house-trained pets).

Unfit chewing or scratching of items in the house.

Incapability to eat until the owner returns.

Too much grooming, particularly in cats, causing bald spots (rare).

Digging and scratching all of your windows and doors when you're not at home.

How are you able to help your pet?

Say short goodbyes to your dog every day.

Leave something behind that smells similar to you. A shirt or old pair of shoes.

Provide safe entertainment like strong gnaw toys and bones. Be sure to select toys and bones that are safe and sturdy. Some shouldn't be left without supervision.

Constrict your pet to a smaller area. Some dogs feel safer in smaller areas.

Teach your dog to be tranquil. It obviously isn't coming natural to him. When you see your dog getting excited ask him to sit. Wait a touch and then give the dog a treat to re-enforce good behavior.

Leave a radio or a TV on when your pet is left alone in the house.

When leaving or returning to the house, leave a ten-minute opening where you do not pay any attention to your pet.

Consider a relaxing supplement or anxiety wrap. For a great selection of pet supplies go to

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