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Pet Separation Anxiety

Leaving your pet can be very difficult on the you, but chances are it’s far more difficult on the pet itself.  They often feel abandoned and don’t understand why they’ve been left.  You still deserve your vacations, so here are some tips on how to help your pet deal with that anxiety.


How To Care For Boarding Pets Dealing With Separation Anxiety


Pets that need to be separated from their masters often deal with a lot of stress that very few people can truly understand. Oftentimes, the excessive barking, turning in circles, moulting, or disinterest can be interpreted inaccurately. Dogs, especially, are prone to separation anxiety and some are even known to suffer depression or even a stroke due to homesickness and missing their primary caregivers too much. It’s for these reasons that pet owners should take into great consideration the emotional state of their pets whenever they need to leave them behind, because leaving them in the care of friends or acquaintances that the pet is not familiar with can create a big problem, not just for the animal but also for the people tasked to temporarily take care of them.

The best place to leave pets is always a familiar one where there are other people they know — say, a parent’s house which they have previously visited. But if that’s not an option, the other good choice is a special boarding facility with trained professionals who completely understand what the animals go through when they are taken to a new place and left in the care of “new” people. Boarding pets definitely require special care and only trained animal-sitters can properly provide that.

What professional animal caregivers always practice is patience, especially if the pet is detached. They do not hurry him; instead, they give the pet enough “space” until he’s comfortable enough to be properly acquainted. Afterwards, he’s taken to his temporary quarters which are designed for his best comfort – it has all the things he needs: water, food, and cosy, warm bedding.

Animal caregivers also create activities for diversion. This way, the pet can forget even for just a while that his master’s not around. They either walk, or exercise the pet, or let him meet “new friends,” which are all known to reduce the boredom and loneliness of pets. Exercise is particularly good for a lonely pet and it works even better if it is paired with assuring hugs, belly or ear rubs, and yummy treats.

What’s more, boarding facilities provide grooming and healthcare for boarding pets. There are massages and fun bath times to further alleviate the stress of separation. Also, the facilities make sure that the animals are fed on time.

Lastly, if the anxiety is so severe, pet hotels and other boarding facilities always have vets on standby that can provide proper medication (sedatives) if necessary.

So if you’re really worried about how your pet will deal with separation from you, make sure you invest in special care services for him; that way, you’ll come home to a healthy pet that’s happy and excited to see you.

Written By: Sam Buddy


About The Author: Sam Buddy is a freelance writer who loves to write about pets, proper pet care and the like. He continues to broaden his knowledge on these topics by visiting sites like or perhaps by reading books about pets and animals. He shares what he learned through writing.