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Coping with Your Pet’s Separation Anxiety

Dogs and cats both can be affected by separation anxiety, which is a feeling of anxiousness when apart from its owner. In addition, birds, horses, monkeys, and even whales can suffer from separation anxiety when they are not with their pack because they are genetically wired to cohabitate.

Separation Anxiety Issues

 

One of the biggest problems with separation anxiety is the fact that it causes your pet to exhibit negative behaviors and behavioral problems are the main reason owners have their pets euthanized. But, understanding separation anxiety and how to deal with the problem can help prevent you from becoming frustrated and overwhelmed by your pet.

 

Recognizing that there is a problem is the first step toward making things better for you and your pet. You need to remember that the separation anxiety is not going to just go away on its own. More often, the negative behaviors escalate if they are ignored and can lead to a physical illness in your pet. Generally, your pet has the most problems during the first 15 minutes after you leave the house, but the symptoms can continue during the entire time you are gone.

 

One symptom of separation anxiety is barbering, which is psychogenic grooming. When barbering, your pet compulsively grooms itself and pulls out its own hair. This can lead to bald patches, which are most commonly found on the hind limbs, the flanks, or the belly. They are never found on the neck or head.

Dealing with Separation Anxiety

 

Pet owners often mistakenly believe that adding another pet to the household will help with separation anxiety, but they are mistaken. Animals are just as likely to experience separation anxiety with other animals in the home as they are without because the anxiety is caused by separation from the owner, not of other pets. It is possible for an animal to experience separation anxiety when kept apart from another animal, but this is a completely different issue.

 

One way to deal with separation anxiety is to have your pet boarded or in a kennel while away. Some pets cope better this way, but other pets actually develop separation anxiety as a result of boarding. No matter where your pet will be while you are away, the best way to deal with separation anxiety is to prevent it from happening. Gradually spend more and more time away from your pet until it becomes used to you being gone and realizes you will come back each time.

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