You may be ready for the new school year, but what about your furry friend?

How to deal with your pet's separation anxiety

Kimberly Adams
August 14, 2018 - 7:04 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — When your kids head back to the classroom, they might have a hard time adjusting to the new routine — but they aren't the only ones.

Carlo Siracusa, director of Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital, said once the new school routine kicks in, your pet needs schooling, too. Separation anxiety plays a big role.

"From one day to the other, things will suddenly change," he said. "This might be a great shock for dogs."

Siracusa advised not to lock your dog in a crate if it is not used to being crated for a long period of time. Instead, find a secure, comfy area to break up the day's monotony. 

"You should put out a lot of enrichment — food-filled toys, puzzle toys," he added.

Make sure there is plenty of water available, too, and don't leave food on the floor. Gradually schedule 10 minutes of quality time with your pet when everyone returns — consider it homework.

"This works perfectly for the dog," he laughed, "and perfectly for the child."

The same advice applies to your cats, too.