There are many types of anxieties that can affect our pets, but one of the things we see most often at Leesville Animal Hospital is separation anxiety. Today we want to talk a little bit about separation anxiety remedies and how you can handle a pet who suffers.
Separation Anxiety is Hard For You and Your Dog
Having a pet who suffers from separation anxiety can be trying as well as heartbreaking.
One of the first things you need to keep in mind is that catering to your pet’s anxiety can only reinforce their insecure feelings. Instead of reinforcing your pet’s anxiety, you want to treat their anxiety while reinforcing other behaviors.
The best way to confront and change anxious behavior patterns is through a professional trainer who is familiar with separation anxiety in pets. Your trainer will not only be able to teach you new methods of working with your pet to get through their anxiety, but they will also be able to cater their technique’s to your particular pet.
There are a number of at home methods that can also be helpful for assisting your pet to work through their anxiety. You will find these methods listed below, but you should keep in mind that these will not be 100% effective for every pet and all should be used under the advisement of a veterinarian.
– The Thundershirt.
– Pheromone plug-ins.
– Pheromone collar discs.
– Crating/baby gating.
– Herbal supplements.
– Prescription anti-anxiety medications.