The world of COVID created a distinct situation in our pet population. Now more than ever, our furry friends have gotten used to having us at home almost all the time. As we shift towards attempting to live more normal lives again, most of our pets are protesting loudly. It can be a challenging problem to navigate, but Alexander Animal Hospital is here to assist you with how to control separation anxiety in your dog.
Indicators of Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Separation anxiety varies on different pets. Your dog might be experiencing this issue if they:
- Have less energy than usual
- Tend to hide more
- Have a decreased appetite
- Bark excessively
- Whine more than typical
- Destroy property or objects
- Defecate or urinate in the house
Most of the time, these symptoms are common when one or several of your dog’s humans are gone or when they anticipate them leaving. In addition, many of these anxiety symptoms can indicate other issues. So, it’s helpful to reach out to us first if your dog has one or more problems before determining its separation anxiety.
If you have ruled out other health problems, it’s time to control separation anxiety in your dog. Unfortunately, there is no quick repair for this frustrating problem. Instead, your family and our veterinary team must collaborate in teaching your furry family member that the world doesn’t end when you leave the room. We can achieve this through the following:
- Build your pet’s confidence by offering them a predictable schedule. Also, distract them for short windows with a doggy treat or toy while you are away from the room. Gradually increase your time away as their confidence grows.
- Teach your dog that their crate is a secure and happy place.
- Additionally, increase your pet’s exercise and mental stimulation with daily walks, interactive toys, or social dates with other animals.
- Maintain your comings and goings calm to assist your dog feel less stressed. You can also desensitize your pet to triggers like putting on shoes or picking up your car keys.
Most importantly, we are here to assist you on how to control separation anxiety in your dog. Separation anxiety in dogs can be a trick, but most respond well with the right plan.
We Would Love the Opportunity to Care for Your Furry Friends!
Alexander Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital located in Severna Park, Maryland, serving the Severna Park, Pasadena, and Arnold Areas. Our goal is educating clients on the needs of their pets and understanding the importance of individualized veterinary care in order to strengthen the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.
We understand you have a choice when deciding on the care for your pets, and we strive to provide you with unparalleled services including wellness exams, vaccines, lost pet microchip ID, dental care, surgical services, digital radiography, and in-hospital laboratory services and diagnostics. Other highlights of Alexander Animal Hospital are the separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms, as well as after-hours on-call emergency services.
Please take a look around our website and then give us a call at 410-777-8678 to set up an appointment.