How to Manage Pet Separation Anxiety

How to Manage Pet Separation Anxiety

When your pets have a hard time being apart from you, they might have accidents in the house, chew on furniture, or try to escape. These behavioral changes often occur due to separation anxiety. At Silicon Valley Pet Clinic in Santa Clara, CA, we provide anxiety treatment and wellness exams that can detect any health problems. Before visiting us, learn about some steps you can take to manage pet separation anxiety below:

Provide Your Pets with a Treat or Toy Before Leaving

Before you leave your home, give your pets special toys or treats. Ideally, provide them with treats or toys that will keep them busy while you’re gone, such as puzzle toys filled with treats. As a result, you can help your pets build a positive association with you leaving.

Leave and Return Quietly and Calmly

It is important to leave the house quietly and calmly. Along with that, avoid paying attention to your pets for a few minutes when you get home. This action helps them learn that having you leave and return isn’t a big deal.

Put on Background Noise

Leaving a TV or radio on for background noise can help pets feel calmer while you’re gone. When they hear voices or soft music, it might ease their anxiety.

Make Sure Your Pets Get Exercise

Physical activity helps your pets burn off energy. In addition to tiring their body out, exercise can help them feel less anxious when you leave the house.

Explore Veterinary Care for Pet Anxiety

In more severe cases of pet separation anxiety, you might consider veterinary care. We can provide your pet medication or other recommendations to help calm severe anxiety. In addition, we can also detect other conditions that can cause behavioral changes.

Consider Pet Boarding Services

If you need to leave your pets in order to travel, you might consider pet boarding. While pet sitters can stop by your home to spend time with your cat or dog, it might not be enough for him or her. Pet boarding provide your pet with attention and care while you’re away. At Silicon Valley Pet Clinic, we offer reliable pet boarding.

Contact us for an Appointment Today!

If your pets need veterinary care for anxiety, our team at Valley Pet Clinic in Santa Clara, CA, can help. To learn about the treatments that we provide or to schedule your appointment, call us at (408) 248-3844 today. When you’re looking for a veterinarian near me, our team can assist!


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