New findings show that since many people have started returning to work, their pets may develop separation anxiety.
The Covid-19 pandemic took us all by surprise, and more than 25% of pet owners were worried about providing for their pets during the lockdown. Now, with more and more people getting vaccinated and going back to work, another worry arises.
The pets that got used to their owners being around all the time now have to get used to a new reality. Their owners are not at home, and they are often left entirely alone. This may lead to severe separation anxiety, especially in pets adopted during the pandemic.
These pets never had a chance to experience the world without lockdowns, so their anxiety may be worse.
Of course, not all pets are the same, and some may go through the change without any issues. However, most pets prefer having a routine and do not feel great when that routine is changed.
To determine whether your pet is suffering from separation anxiety, here are some signs you should keep an eye out for:
- Barking/meowing/squealing excessively when you’re leaving the house
- Urinating everywhere and losing control of it
- Destroying things while you’re not at home
- Trying to escape
Keep in mind that this is only valid for dogs that have been house-trained and know how to behave, because it’s normal for an untrained dog to do these things.
So, if you are sure that your dog has separation anxiety, some of the things you can do include:
- Do ‘practice leaving’ — leave for a short time, and increase the time little by little
- Tire them out before leaving — take them for a walk, play with them, and let them run
- Leave them with something to do — give them their favorite toy, leave the TV on, etc.
- Try giving them some calming substances, such as natural CBD oils
- Consider adopting another pet to keep them company, but be careful not to adopt carelessly, as ¼ of pets end up in shelters.
If your pet is still seriously anxious when you leave, a pet walker or a pet sitter might be a good option too.
Your pet has undoubtedly helped you get through the lockdown, so you should do your best to make this transition as smooth and painless as possible.