How Back to School Can Affect Your Pets

It’s already that time of year again – back to school! Many parents are busily getting their children ready for the upcoming first day and maybe jumping up and down for joy. But, while parents may be excited to get peace and quiet back in their homes, pets may feel a little bit differently after having gotten used to the extra attention while your kids were out of school.

Sometimes separation anxiety can manifest itself through bad behavior, including excessive barking or meowing, defecating in the house, chewing or scratching furniture, and so forth. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind to help alleviate some of the stress that your pet might experience and keep him or her happy.

Doggie Day Care – Like with children, a day care setting can provide stimulation and enjoyment for your pet.

Dog Walkers – Have a dog walker or cat sitter drop by in the day to give your pet some exercise and/or special attention.

Special Toys – Purchase some specific new toys – preferably noisy ones – that can help keep your pet occupied while everyone is out of the house. Put them away when you get home, so your pet gets into this new special routine.

Treats – Give your pet some treats before you leave in the morning and when you return at the end of the day. This will also help to reinforce the new schedule.

Extra Playtime – While your pet gets used to your family’s new routine, you might want to try to schedule some extra playtime at the beginning or the end of the day. It will help make your pet realize that he or she is not forgotten.

Give some of these ideas a try to help your pet adjust to the new school year routine. If none of these things seem to work, it may be necessary to consult your vet for other alternatives.

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