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
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
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 http://www.dkc.ae/ or perhaps by reading books about
pets and animals. He shares what he learned through writing.