Learn More about Your Pet's Separation Anxiety
Being away from your pets is tough but they might have an even harder time being away from you. Separation anxiety can occur when pets feel nervous about being left alone. This can become an ongoing problem and a severe one so it may be important to learn more about it. At Mauston Pet Hospital, we offer guidance on how to deal with separation anxiety in pets, including the behavior problems that might occur. Our veterinarian in Mauston, WI, is here to help.
Signs and Symptoms of Separation Anxiety in Pets
The symptoms can vary from pet to pet. Pets usually exhibit behavior problems when they have this condition. Your pets might pace around your home, whine or bark excessively, or pant and drool while you’re gone. Some pets might chew or dig. Other symptoms might include having accidents in the house or chewing on shoes or other household items.
Causes of Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety can occur for different reasons. Some dogs develop this problem after experiencing a traumatic event when their owners are away. Other dogs might have it due to their personality, such as being a clingy pet. Separation anxiety might also occur when major life changes happen in a pet’s life, such as moving to a new house. Pets that don’t have enough stimulation and physical activity in their daily life might also develop symptoms of this condition.
How to Handle Separation Anxiety in Pets
The way you handle separation anxiety depends on how severe it is. Mild cases might only require some crate training or desensitizing pets to being left alone. Some pets might respond well to being given a reward, such as a puzzle toy or treat, before you leave home.
When to Seek Veterinary Care
If your pets have severe separation anxiety or if you’re concerned that something else might be causing behavioral changes, seek veterinary help. Our veterinarian can recommend how to handle severe separation anxiety and check your pets for other health problems.
Get Pet Care from a Veterinarian for Behavioral Problems
If you’re having trouble managing separation anxiety in your pets, contact us at Mauston Pet Hospital in Mauston, WI, to schedule an appointment. Our veterinarian can provide you with helpful guidance in handling behavioral problems linked to anxiety. We can also examine your pets to rule out medical conditions that can cause these problems. Call us at (608) 847-6024 for more information.