By: Alisha Lai
It’s no secret that during the Covid-19 Pandemic, pet ownership has soared. Many people have found that there are significant emotional benefits from adopting and caring for a pet. Now that the virus is retreating and life in returning to (somewhat) normal, the adjustment back to regular life for the furry friend begins. For starters, pets have gotten used to their humans staying home 24/7 with them. With jobs and schools reopening, owners don’t have as much time to spend with them. This can be a scary and confusing situation for pets and owners alike. Here are some tips to help you and your pet adjust to spending time apart!
First, watch for symptoms of separation anxiety. In dogs, this could show itself in destructive behavior such as chewing or digging, pacing, excessive panting, shaking, inappropriate elimination, and excessive vocalization. In cats, not eating or drinking, eliminating in inappropriate places, vomiting, excessive grooming, destructive behaviors, excessive vocalization and exuberant greetings may occur.
The process of helping pets feel at ease by themselves can be frustrating and heartbreaking at the same time. All they want to do is be with their owners! They are not behaving poorly on purpose. They are simply unable to cope with their anxiety.
Here are some tips that can help!
- Buy a large variety of food puzzles and long-lasting treats
- Teach your pet to relax in a spot like a crate
- Try to adjust your routine slowly
- Work on teaching your pet to be independent, preform activities without your pet to get them used to being by themselves
- Ask a professional if your pet is having a hard time.
Going back to normal will be a process for pets and owners alike, but with hard work and patience, things will get better.