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Separation anxiety is the most common reason for stress in dogs, but there are remedies you can do at home to help ease your dog’s fear. Let's look at the symptoms and causes of separation anxiety as well as techniques that may help reduce them.
Separation anxiety in dogs is a condition in which a dog exhibits distress and behavior problems when separated from its person.
Most dogs with separation anxiety want to remain close to their owners at all times. They may follow them from room to room, crave attention and physical contact, or not want to spend time outdoors without them. This behavior can be misinterpreted as “love” by many owners but it is a sign of a lack of confidence and foundation for mental stability in dogs.
Behavioral problems may start as soon as its human prepares to leave. Your dog may begin to whine, seek your attention, or become withdrawn and seem depressed before you go.
Once you are gone, they may become destructive. They may do things like destroy shoes, "eat" the couch, or defecate throughout the house.
Source: American Kennel Club
It is not fully understood why some dogs suffer from separation anxiety and others do not. Some causes include changes in pet parents, new socialization patterns, changes in surroundings, neglect, long stays away from home, lack of training, premature adoption, death of a pet friend, heredity, genetics, or simply boredom.
By keeping hellos and goodbyes calm, you are signaling to your anxious pet that there is nothing to worry about while you are gone.
Making your dog’s day more predictable helps calm an anxious pet. Establish a daily routine so that your dog knows when they can expect to go for a walk, eat, play, “do their business,” get attention, and, most importantly, when they will be alone.
Physical activity is the best (and most fun) way for your dog to blow off steam. This is especially true for high-energy breeds.
Schedule play or walks for a time just before you normally leave the house, so they are tired and content.
A long walk or short run is good for both you and your dog. A game of fetch in the back yard, a trip to the dog park, or a brisk walk before you leave will stimulate and tire out your dog and make them more likely to settle when you are gone.
Believe it or not, most dogs love a cognitive challenge. Working breeds in particular need metal stimulation and are most content when doing the job they were bred for.
Taking a slow walk through a field or a park and allowing your dog to check out all of the scents is perfect for hounds and lap dogs alike. Working on a new trick (it doesn’t matter which one) will help pets that are eager to please. The dog park can offer the socialization some dogs need.
If you can’t get outdoors, try hiding a treat in the next room and letting them sniff it out or buy a puzzle game that makes them work for a snack. A mental workout can be just as beneficial to a dog as a physical workout. And a stimulated and challenged dog is less likely to act out.
Sometimes training and other remedies aren’t enough to ease your pet’s separation anxiety. In those cases, your veterinarian may prescribe medications like Gabapentin (anti-anxiety), Amitriptyline (an anti-depressant), Fluoxetine (an SSRI), or Melatonin (a sleep/calming aid).
Your veterinarian may prescribe a customized, compounded medication. These medications are mixed by trained, licensed compounding pharmacists and often come in dosage forms designed to make giving or applying the medication easier and more accurate.
For pet parents that prefer herbal remedies, CBD, L-Tryptophan, Zylkene, or Rescue Remedy may do the trick.
Consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any medications or supplements products, particularly if they are already on prescription medications.
Do not allow your dog to become overly clingy or demand too much attention from you. Develop your dog’s independence by teaching them to be on their own, even if you are home and just in the other room.
Teach them the “stay” command. At first, keep the time and the distance short, but then gradually increase the time and distance away until they can spend 10-15 minutes alone.
For dogs with mild separation anxiety, there are a number of products that you may find useful.
When used appropriately, a crate provides your dog with a den-like, safe place to relax. In fact, many dogs feel safer in their crate when left alone or during other times of stress (thunderstorms, fireworks).
Never use a crate as punishment. Instead, make sure your pet associates their crate with only good things like their bed, favorite toys, chewies, or blanket with your scent on it. Soon they will begin to associate their crate as a quiet place to “settle.”
Give your pet something to do and enjoy when settling into the crate. A Kong or Toppl toy with frozen peanut butter, kibble, canned food, etc. can keep a pet busy and engaged for an hour.
Separation anxiety in dogs is common, but treatable. Calming your pet’s fears takes time and patience – you may have to go through some trial and error to find the best remedy for an anxious pet. If training and re-conditioning alone doesn’t work, adding medication may be the best course of action.
For more information on medications for separation anxiety, visit the Wedgewood Pharmacy Medications page for a complete list of compounded medications available.
There are a number of things that can help ease separation anxiety in dogs, like exercise (both physical and mental), behavior training and conditioning, establishing a routine, creating a safe place, and certain medications and supplements. Contact your veterinarian for suggestions.
Over the counter supplements can often help calm mild separation anxiety, but it is important to speak with your veterinarian about correct dosage, side effects, and interactions it could have with prescription medications. Some “natural” remedies include CBD (oil and treats), L-tryptophan, and Rescue Remedy.
The sedative effects of Benadryl in dogs are mild and not nearly as pronounced as they are in humans, therefore, Benadryl is not commonly helpful for dogs struggling with separation anxiety.
This article is meant to provide general and not medical advice. We strongly recommend that a veterinarian be consulted with for the specific medical needs of your animal.
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Andrea Johnson, DVM, is co-founder of PetVet365, a franchise company that creates new veterinary practices around entrepreneur owners determined to reinvent the animal healthcare profession and to offer the highest quality care for pets and their families.
She began her career as an associate veterinarian with a practice in Kentucky and eventually became owner and chief medical officer for 15 Banfield Pet Hospital franchises in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, with 75 veterinarians on her team. She was a veterinary consultant for LegacyVet and a self-employed consultant prior to co-founding PetVet365.
She holds a BS degree in biology from Marshall University, an MS degree in Biology and Biological Sciences from Marshall University, and a DVM degree from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
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