Separation anxiety is the most common form of anxiety found is animals. It is triggered when the pet is separated from its owner and it can lead to them to act wildly and even hurt themselves.
SYMPTOMS TO KNOW THAT PETS HAVE ANXIETY –
- Urinate or Defecate
- Bark or Howl
- Chew or destroy things
- Try to escape
- Freeze in a place
- Refusal to eat
- Aggressive Behavior
Anxiety is common in animals just like Humans, the only difference is that they are speechless and are unable to express their feelings and emotions. Hence, it is our responsibility to keep a check on them and observe their behavior. If something feels strange or out of the blue you immediately connect with your Veterinarian and inform them about the difference in behavior you have been observing. Medical assistance or guidance can help your pets fight their anxieties faster and better.
Other ways through which you can calm your pets and sooth their nerves or prevent them from potential separation anxiety are –
- SOCIALIZE – Make your pets socialize with other pets and people in their early ages. Doing this will prepare them well for any potential separation from their owners as they are familiar with other people and pets as well.
- DESENSITIZE SENSE OF SEPARATION – You can desensitize your pet’s anxiety from an early age by often leaving them alone at home. Pets tend to predict your actions based on your routine, they are aware when you are leaving your house. Make them more aware of you leaving by jiggling keys and tying shoes, do any particular ritual whenever you leave so they know it and slowly get used to it. When you come back, spend some time with your pet, that’s when they feel a sense of comfort.