How to Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

By Emma Sturgis 16 days ago at 12:00 am

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Did you know that dogs suffer from separation anxiety? In the wild, dogs are rarely far from their pack, so it's understandable that they feel anxious when left alone, without their human family. Dogs that come from the street, are protective, those that have been separated from the litter before it's time or those that have spent a lot of time with a person at home are more likely to experience this type of anxiety. For your pet's well-being, it is important to fix that problem.

What are the symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs?

Separation anxiety, which is nothing more than the dog's resistance to being left alone, manifests itself through four main symptoms:

  • Destructive behaviors. When dogs experience anxiety, they try to relieve it physically, which means it will cause damage to the home when you are not around.
  • Inadequate urinating. It is common for dogs suffering from separation anxiety to relieve themselves in inappropriate places, usually inside the home.
  • Excessive vocalizations. Separation anxiety also manifests itself through loud barking or howling when you are not at home.
  • In some cases, separation anxiety can also cause neurovegetative symptoms. Some dogs may have vomiting or diarrhea and show excessive salivation.

Tips for dealing with separation anxiety of your pet

Help them release energy

Before leaving the house, walk your pet. If you leave your pet after a long walk that allows him to release energy, it will be more difficult for him to feel anxious or bored when you are not around. Remember that outdoor walks are not only physical exercise, but they also stimulate your mind, thus helping you to relieve anxiety as well!

Keep calm

Go out and come back normally and calmly. Dogs know how to read the language of human emotions, so if you are too effusive or nervous before leaving home or when you return, you will be reinforcing their anxiety. On the contrary, keeping your emotions under control at those key moments will convey the idea that you should not fear that time of separation.

Socialization

Socialize your dog. In most cases, separation anxiety is the result of hyper attachment, over-dependence on one of the family members. A good socialization with other people, even with strangers, will help to eliminate that bond so strong that it becomes harmful to the pet. Therefore, do not miss any opportunity to socialize with other people or animals.

Give him alone time

Get him used to being alone with gradual exits. If you want to eliminate separation anxiety, you should not only get your pet used to being with other people but also being alone. At the beginning, the separations should be short, of just five minutes, but then you should extend that period, until you can leave him alone without problems for the necessary hours. Of course, make sure he has food and water as well as toys to keep him entertained.

Natural remedies

Consider using natural remedies. Most veterinarians believe that anti-anxiety medications should be the last resort, although they can always prescribe drugs such as clomipramine, fluoxetine (Prozac) or amitriptyline.

However, these medications have several disadvantages. These include the undesirable side effects or side effects that can generate in the dog's body in the long term. For example, some of the Prozac side effects are drowsiness, lethargy, behavioral changes (irritability or aggressiveness), gastrointestinal upset, insomnia, or excessive panting.

But did you know that there are natural or less aggressive alternatives than conventional drugs? In recent times, the consumption of oil or capsules of cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, a non-psychoactive substance made from the hemp plant, has increased.

Numerous studies have shown that an unflavored CBD pet tincture is quite beneficial for animal health, in particular for treating pain, seizures, neurological disorders, and of course, anxiety.

If your dog is suffering from anxiety, make them as comfortable as possible when you leave the house and remember the above tips.

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