Separation Anxiety

Although it can be a difficult disorder to detect, separation anxiety is actually quite common for pets of all kinds. Indeed, no matter how much you may love your pet or how great of a pet parent you may be, separation anxiety is a fairly common issue for cats and dogs, among many others. Nevertheless, if you take the time to have your pet diagnosed, there are ways to treat this frustrating condition. If you are a resident of Ferndale, Monticello, Liberty, or Sullivan County and need treatment for potential separation anxiety for your pet, your friends at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County are here to help.

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Signs and Symptoms

If you believe your cat or dog may be suffering from separation anxiety, the following is a list of the most common signs and symptoms:

  • Urinating and Defecating
  • Barking and Howling
  • Chewing, Digging, and Destroying Things
  • Escaping
  • Pacing
  • Coprophagia

The Causes of Separation Anxiety

  • Change of Guardian or other Family Changes
  • Change in Schedule
  • Change of Residence
  • Change in Household Membership

Separation Anxiety Treatment Options

If your pet requires treatment for separation anxiety, the methods used to treat it will depend on the severity of the condition. Some of the best options include the following:

  • Mild: If the condition is mild, you can do things such as give the pet a treat every time you leave, make it a point not to announce when you are coming or going so you do not trigger the pet to feel anxious, and leave them a keepsake that carries your smell.
  • Moderate: If the symptoms are moderate, you can start leaving the house slowly, rather than abruptly.
  • Severe: If the symptoms are severe, you should seek help from a professional veterinarian who can assess the condition and provide some additional options.

Help With Separation Anxiety

Overall, if you are a resident of Ferndale, Monticello, Liberty, or Sullivan County and need veterinary care for potential separation anxiety for your pet, our team at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County is here to help. Call us today at (845) 292-6711 or email us to schedule an appointment and find out how one of our veterinarians can better assist you. Although pet anxiety can be a very frustrating condition, there is no need to go it alone.

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