Forestalling pandemic-related pet tension and anxiety now
Veterinarians mentioned that helping pets get through the pandemic when everyone is home and when their owners return to work is a must.
“I think it’s very smart to think proactively,” senior veterinarian at Chewy, Dr. Katy Nelson said.
Start by resuming former routines you might have dropped, such as waking up, getting dressed, and leaving the house.
“Whether it’s just for 30 minutes or an hour, where you go pick up a coffee through the drive-thru and you sit in your car for a while. It gives your pets a little bit of time without you,” she said.
Nelson said that you need to try making your departures similar to your usual workday routine. Some dogs might need to revisit the habit of having to spend time in their crates.
Signs of separation anxiety can include dogs destroying things or overly grooming themselves.
“Really good exercise can help a lot with these pets. A tired pet is a good pet,” Nelson said.
While dogs are likely to have the time of their lives with their pack always around at home, some cats are miserable. Some kitties are having some anxiety issues because people are just there all the time. They get no privacy, no naps, and they don’t even get their usual grooming time because people are being involved. The vet said that if you haven’t been doing it, maybe leave the house for a while to give cats some time alone, “Or, even create a space for them where they can get away from you, and It might include a private spot for their litter box and food bowls if you have enough space.” Nelson said
Before you start leaving your pet alone at home. Nelson recommends getting help from your veterinarian, a veterinary behaviorist, or a licensed trainer. “If you’re noticing anxiety in your pets, make sure you contact somebody and get them involved,” Nelson said. Deal with it. Don’t let (the pets) just suffer.