We’re all facing new challenges, and new routines as we go back to work in the office, or outside of the home and kids are preparing to head back into the classroom. After months of being quarantined at home, what will happen to our pets who have become accustomed to us always being around? Will they go through separation anxiety? And if so, what are some things we can do to make them more comfortable and content?
We spoke to the experts at Animal Oasis Hospital to learn more about what we can do as pet parents to prepare and incorporate daily protocols to make our pets live happier and healthier during this transition.
AO: Like most people, we normally live busy lives; working all day, taking kids to sports or music lessons, spending weekends out and about and NOT being home all day and day out, seven days a week. However, in March, things changed. Our pets are now used to us being home and tending to their needs for the past 4 to 5 months. That’s a long time, and they have inevitably become acclimated to our new schedules. Of course, dogs will be most affected by this change than other types of pets, because they notoriously thrive on human interaction.
When we venture out now to eat a nice leisurely meal, go to work, school, or to go to the beach for long periods, the majority of pets will have a difficult time with our new routine.
Do Trial Runs Before Being Gone too Long
One of the things we recommend is to try and get your pet ready for the transition with shorter outings. You can reward them with hugs, smooches, treats whatever they love most when you return home. This will help prepare them for longer work and school days.
Another thing we suggest is to give you dog plenty of exercise before you leave the house. It’s essential to provide the appropriate amount of play or walking depending on their needs. However, you certainly want to be mindful of the heat. If it’s too hot and unsafe to walk your dog, try playing fetch or tug of war with them in your air-conditioned home. Walking dogs early or late in the evening is best in the summer heat to avoid complications.
Provide Essentials, Toys and a Place to Rest
Make sure your pets have plenty of fresh water, food, and toys available to provide nutrients for their bodies, adequate hydration, and to keep them occupied. If you have a particularly stressed out pet, hiring a pet sitter, or asking a friend to check in on them can be very beneficial. It’s also critical to provide a comfortable bed, mat or soft area for them to sleep and rest.
Animals can tell if their human owners are anxious, so try to maintain a calm demeanor around your pet, especially before you leave them. This will make them feel more comfortable and less concerned.
Webcam Microphones can Startle Pets
If you are using a webcam to keep an eye on your pets, please remember not to use the microphone to speak to them if they are not used to this. Otherwise, it will confuse them and cause distress. You can try and get your fur-baby used to you speaking to them through the microphone while you are in another area of your home and for short periods of time at first.
Calming Pills and Treats
Calming supplements can ease your pet’s anxiety. Before you leave the house, give your pet the recommended dosage of these all-natural, anti-anxiety medications, as this can help your pet feel more at ease during times alone.
At Oasis Animal Hospital , we also offers stronger anti-anxiety medications by prescription, depending on the severity of your pet’s disorder. It’s important to speak to your veterinarian about these medications and prepare for your new routine in advance.
Contact Animal Oasis Veterinary Hospital to schedule a wellness exam, vaccinations, and calming medications for your pets today!