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Helping Fido Cope With Separation Anxiety

May 15, 2021

Did you know that dogs can suffer from anxiety, just like people can? Fido can be affected by many different types of anxiety, but one of the most common ones is separation anxiety. In the wild, dogs run in packs, and are rarely, if ever, alone. Many pups get distressed and lonely when left by themselves. If you know or suspect that your pooch has separation anxiety, read on. Here, a Tipp City, OH vet lists some things that may help your canine pal.


E  xercise

First and foremost, make sure Fidol is getting enough activity and entertainment. We recommend walking your pet and playing with him before you leave for work. This will help your furry buddy work off any angst or nervous energy he has. Plus, he’ll be tired after, which means that hopefully he’ll spend a chunk of his alone time napping.


Toys

It’s also important for dogs to have lots of toys to occupy themselves with. Puzzle toys are great options for this. You can also offer Fido playthings that dispense treats. These things can keep your canine bff occupied—and out of mischief—for hours!


Background Noise

When leaving Fido home alone, turn a radio or TV on before you leave. The background noise will help soothe your furry pal, and keep him from feeling lonely.


Pet-Calming Products

There are now many different products made just for soothing anxious dogs. Some of these include treats, sprays, and collars. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Buddies

This one is definitely not a one-size-fits-all recommendation. However, if your living space, household, schedule, and budget have room for it, consider getting Fido a playmate. Just be sure to think things over carefully. Adoption is forever!


Petsitting

There’s been a lot of growth in this niche over the last few years. Part of may be due to the fact that more people are becoming aware of dogs’ mental and emotional needs. Consider having someone stop in to walk Fido during the day.


Tips

There are also some things you want to avoid doing. At the top of the list? Don’t coddle your four-legged friend when you are coming or going. You may be inadvertently rewarding Fido for acting up! Ask your vet for more information.


Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Tipp City, OH veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!

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