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Posted on 08-30-2017

How to Prevent or Deal with Separation Anxiety

Some anxious pets experience separation anxiety when they're separated from their owners. This can be disturbing for pet owners, who want their pets to be happy and calm. Separation anxiety can also be disruptive at home because many pets who experience this kind of anxiety will display their feelings in disruptive ways. As a pet owner, you can manage these feelings by conditioning your pet and by creating a calm environment in your house.

Sad/ lonely dog looking under a fence with separation anxiety.

Know the Warning Signs

If your pet experiences the problems below when you leave the house, separation anxiety is likely the problem.

  • Urinating or defecating while you're away. 
  • Tearing up pillows and furniture.
  • Barking and howling in your absence.
  • Attempts at running away.

Managing Separation Anxiety at Our Veterinary Clinic in Houston

There are many different ways that pet owners in Houston can manage their pet's separation anxiety. Some of the most common methods include:

  • Give your pet something good to eat - Give your pet a tasty treat that has been enclosed in a chewable toy that will take time to break open. This will give your pet something to do in your absence and will also show your pet that time spent apart can be fun.
  • Show your pet it's no big deal - Avoid making a big scene when greeting your pet after being gone. When you come home, avoid talking to or interacting with your pet for a while, to show your pet that your absence was normal, expected and not worth acknowledging. 
  • Play an audio book - Pets respond positively to the sound of human voices. Leave an audio book recording running in one room of the house while you're away to give your pet some comfort.  
  • Leave for short periods of time to help your pet get used to your absence - Leave for 5 minutes of time, then return to show your pet that there was no cause for concern. As your pet becomes adjusted, go for longer and longer periods of time until your pet feels at ease when you are away. 

Contact Your Pet's Animal Hospital near Houston

As your pet's veterinarian near Houston, our vets happily work with pet owners in the area to ensure their animal friends are getting best possible care. Our veterinary experts also help pet owners manage their pet's anxieties. To make an appointment with your pet's animal hospital near Houston, call us today at 281-440-4441.

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