For many families, the summer months seem to end just as quickly as they begin and before you know it, everyone is preparing to head back-to-school. But your kids aren’t the only family members who can get the back-to-school blues. In fact, it’s highly likely that your furry family members will struggle with the big changes that happen in your home each fall.
As everyone in your home heads back into their normal routine away from home, your pets could be left to deal with separation anxiety. When some pets are suddenly left alone after a summer full of activity, they can experience a great deal of boredom, stress and even sadness. Additionally, they may begin to act out and cause trouble around the house or begin to harm themselves if their separation anxiety isn’t addressed properly. Luckily, with a few simple tips and tricks, you can help to relieve your pets worries and make a smooth transition back into school for everyone in your family.
1. Recognize When They’re Stressed
Some common ways to tell if your pet is stressed about being left behind include changes in appetite, following family out of the door, accidents in the house and destructive behaviors. In fact, some pets will go out of their way to grab your attention with naughty actions. If you notice any of these warning signs, take action and discuss how to avoid extra stress with your veterinarian.
- Diarrhea, Constipation, or other Digestive Issue
- Decrease in Appetite
- Increased Sleeping
- Aggression Toward People or Other Animals
2. Avoid Sudden Changes
One of the best ways to get your pet used to the idea that things are changing around the house is to slowly ease them into the new routine. Start by making changes about 1 to 2 weeks before school starts. By introducing your pet to short periods of separation at first and slowly increasing the time that you’re away, they’ll have time to adjust.
3. Keep Them Calm
There are certain calming products available over-the-counter that may be helpful in reducing your pet’s separation anxiety. Thundershirt’s are one option; they apply a gentle, constant pressure that can be effective at reducing anxiety in both cats and dogs. Calming pheromone chews and collars work to mimic the pheromones that mother dogs and cats release to their babies, creating a sense of calm and relaxation.
4. Play Before You Go
Some pets can feel particularly anxious if they already have lots of pent-up energy fueling their fear of separation. If possible, try playing with your pets for at least 15 to 20 minutes before everyone leaves for the day. A good game of fetch can quickly result in the need to eat some breakfast and nap for a few hours. Additionally, investing in other toys that will keep your pet occupied while you’re away is always a good idea.
5. Research Pet Day Care
If your pet has special needs or simply requires a bit more attention while you’re away from home, daycare is another great solution. With pet daycare, they have access to food, friends, play, snuggles and trained staff who can handle their medical needs.
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