How to Handle Pet Separation Anxiety

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Playing Pet Separation Anxiety and What You Can Do About it

Does your pet seem needier during the pandemic? Find out how to help!

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Sofia tells The Doctors that her adorable dog Toby has been acting a little crazier during the quarantine and she wonders if her four-legged friend might need therapy?

Veterinarian Dr. Evan Antin tells Dr. Ian Smith since many people are spending more time at home our pets have grown accustomed to us being there. The "World Wild Vet: Encounters in the Animal Kingdom" author says pets will often feed off of the energy we put out, so if you are feeling anxious or stressed it could be affecting your pet's behavior.

Signs of pet separation anxiety might include: excessive barking, pacing, looking out windows, or even destructive behavior when the owner leaves the home.

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To help our pets cope with this anxiety, Dr. Evan says when you begin spending less time at home to transition your pet into this change and break up your "getting ready to leave the house" routine. For example, if your dog reacts to you getting your keys and coat, switch this up to allow the pet to grow accustomed to you interacting with these items, which might be a trigger for them.

Dr. Ian asks if CBD can help pets with issues like separation anxiety. Dr. Evan notes in California where he is located he is not able to incorporate CBD into his care, but in other states, it is allowed. He feels it can be hit or miss and says pet owners do not have anything to lose trying it.

*Please speak with your veterinarian about possibly using CBD products with your pets.

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