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How do you help a dog with separation anxiety?

During transient times, many dogs experience separation anxiety. Here are some ways you can help your dog feel better.

Ease your pet into a schedule. Start with short absences and then lengthen the time away as your pet becomes more comfortable.

Keep boredom at bay. Provide a distraction such as toys, a window seat, or food-filled treats. You can also turn on the TV (check out DOG TV) or radio. Sounds of voices or music can help your pet feel like they are not alone.  

Power-up exercise. If it’s possible to exercise your pet before you leave the house, this can help tire them out before you depart.

Daily probiotics (check out DIG Labs), which have been known to help modulate stress hormones

-         Touch and massage (when you are home) to decrease stress

Consider using a pet sitter or pet day care
askPurrch information is provided for educational purposes only. Please consult your veterinarian with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your pet’s specific nutritional or health needs. Always ask your veterinarian before feeding your pet anything new.
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Important side note
on pet toxicities

During COVID, as people introduced new substances into their homes, such as baker’s yeast, paint, and vitamin D3, pet poisonings notably increased. Keep your pet safe by avoiding these highly toxic household products.

  • Over-the-counter drugs of all sorts (painkillers, cold medications, dietary supplements, etc.)
  • Insecticides
  • Household plants
  • Household cleaners (including hand sanitizer)
  • Heavy metal including lead, zinc and mercury
  • Fertilizers and other garden-related products
  • Automotive chemicals including antifreeze which is one of the most highly poisonous substances

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A consultation fee may apply

ASPCA Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435

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on pet toxicities

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  • Heavy metal including lead, zinc and mercury
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