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What is Pet Separation Anxiety? Signs and Treatments

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Ensure your pet isn’t anxious when you leave them alone

What is Pet Separation Anxiety? Signs and Treatments

As a pet parent, you want the best for your fur baby. You want them to be healthy – physically and emotionally.

This information will help you understand the signs of separation anxiety in dogs and cats and how to help your pet overcome this anxiety.

Anxiety is normal

What is separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety can be complicated

Why does separation anxiety occur?

Any animal can develop separation anxiety – even big and tough dogs – but there are a number of factors or events that may trigger separation anxiety in your pet:

 

It’s important to recognise that separation anxiety can develop at any age – not just in puppies and kittens getting used to being left alone. Not uncommonly, separation anxiety manifests in senior pets experiencing cognitive decline, or dementia.

Signs of separation anxiety in dogs

Dogs are highly social animals that like to live in groups, so it’s natural that they may not like being alone.

When your dog is alone:

These behaviours normally occur within 20 minutes of you leaving the house.

When you are at home:

Signs of separation anxiety in cats

Cats are generally considered to be more solitary and independent compared to dogs, but they are actually very social and form strong attachments to their owners.

Signs a cat may be feeling anxious about being alone:

These signs can be subtle, so it is important to observe your cat closely and note any unusual behaviour associated with you leaving or being away.

Treating your pet’s anxiety

Dealing with separation anxiety will require time and patience but with a bit of hard work and a behaviour modification plan, you can help your pet to better cope with your absence.

What is the trigger?

It’s important to identify what the trigger is for the separation anxiety. This will help with modifying the behaviour and dealing with their anxiety.

Separation anxiety can be multifaceted, as is the approach to treatment. A behavioural specialist is the best person to help you identify possible triggers of separation anxiety, and identify methods for behavioural modification to make your pet more comfortable – ask your vet for advice.

Treating anxiety is a gradual process

Initially minimise the amount of time your pet spends alone and gradually build on this time – a dog walker or friend may be able to help break up the day.

Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advocate for Dogs

Advocate not only treats parasite infections, but monthly treatment can help protect your dog against fleas, heartworm and gastrointestinal worms. Treats
Fleas, Mites, Lice, Worms

Noise phobias

- ↓ -

Help your dog deal with noises like thunderstorms and fireworks.