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Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Updated: May 19, 2019

As social animals, few, if any, dogs actually prefer to be left alone. However, in the majority of our lives, this is unavoidable. A dog might be alone while its family is away at work, school, or for social activities.

Any dog owner knows that even when they leave for relatively short periods of time, (minutes, even) upon their return their dog will respond as if they’ve been away for months. While this in itself is normal, the way your dog responds when you’re about to leave, or while you’re away, can be symptomatic of anxiety.

Bored and Lonely

If your dog doesn’t urinate or defecate in the house or chew on inappropriate objects while you’re at home, but does while you’re away, this could be caused by anxiety. In many cases, the source of this anxiety is pretty simple: boredom and loneliness.

“Depending on your pet's personality, you may find that they crave attention or activity, while others like quiet time,” says Dr. Adam Denish of Rhawnhurst Animal Hospital in Pennsylvania. “For animals that dislike being left alone and appear bored, there are many things you can try to ease their anxiety. A few options to try include placing food or treats in a Kong, leaving safe [chew] bones around the house, playing the radio or television for their amusement, and giving them specific play-time to tire them out before or after the down time.” Another natural remedy for separation anxiety is CBD oil, the same kind that is found in our Healthier Pet Health Drops. If you'd like to find out more check out our FAQ and get your Health Drops today!


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