Pet Separation Anxiety: What to Expect When You Return to Work

cat with anxiety

We’ve all been looking for some strategic coping mechanisms this year. For some, cooking, reading, writing letters, or working on home improvement projects took over as a means to get through the quarantine orders. For pet owners, spending quality time with their furry, fluffy, scaled, or feathered friends became even more important. 

All this extra affection and attention sure hasn’t been lost on pets, but will quickly vanish as people return to work. After all these weeks in deep comfort and companionship, is pet separation anxiety going to become part of a new normal?


Battling Back-to-School Pet Separation Anxiety

Pet separation anxiety solutionsKids aren’t the only ones who get the back-to-school-blues. Pets can also suffer the effects of a sudden change in routine, especially if they’ve been enjoying extra attention and playtime over the summer. Long days at home waiting for the family to return from school and work can lead to boredom and loneliness in pets. For some, this can actually lead to the much more serious issue of pet separation anxiety. Fortunately, the team at True Care Veterinary Hospital is here to help!

Spotting Pet Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety in pets essentially amounts to an exaggerated fear of being separated from their owners. A few signs that your pet may be experiencing separation anxiety include clinginess, barking/yowling, escape attempts, house soiling, and destructive behavior. Lethargy, “moping,” and loss of appetite or interest in toys/people are also signs that your pet isn’t feeling well. Continue…