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Ask the Vet About Separation Anxiety in Dogs and Cats

Separation Anxiety
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Ask the Vet About Separation Anxiety in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jan 14, 2020
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog barking All night long.

Question:Bailey, a weimreiner, is 3 years old. She¿s always been with her mama, Saige. Saige is staying with my daughter for awhile and Bailey has barked all night for 3 nights straight. She¿s an outside dog. What should I do.Help!!

Answer:All behavior/anxiety cases are so different, it is hard to recommend anything for your pet without knowing any more about her and behavior problems are so multi-factorial and individualized, it is ideal to work with a behavior specialist in your area that can work directly with her (and you). Calming chews may help like Composure (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Composure+Bite+Sized+Chews-prod11251.html) or Solliquin (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Solliquin-prod12093.html) Bring her inside until Saige comes home. Bark colars may be necessary: https://www.1800petmeds.com/search.jsp?Ns=product.salesvolume%7C1&Ntt=bark+collar&_requestid=1120191

Date: Jan 10, 2020
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tearing up

Question:My dog is a pure breed German Shepard. She just turned one this past August. She is normally fine if we are home but if she is in the living room and we are in the bedroom watching tv she gets into the bathroom trash. When we leave she has been extra destructive lately. She chewed up an Xbox controller (this is her fifth one) a wire from a lamp (it wasn¿t plugged in) parts of the furniture and now this morning I woke up to the couch having the cushions off it and her tearing the actual couch up. Is this separatation anxiety? How would I help it? I know she is still young but my boyfriend is gone for at least 9 hours at night for work and I¿m gone at least 14 hours day and night because of classes and work.

Answer:It could be separation anxiety - it could just be boredom and access to everything so a crate may be all you need. Here is our article all about separation anxiety and potential treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-dog-cat-29.htm

Date: Dec 3, 2019
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Babysitting a cat

Question:My fiancée travels with his job and leaves on Monday morning and returns Friday evening. He has a female friend who sleeps at his house to care for the cat while he is away. Does the cat need her to be there all this time or would it be okay for her to feed the cat twice a day and clean litter box? My fiancée says he doesn¿t want the cat to be lonely so he has her stay there full time. Is this necessary?

Answer:Is this necessary? No, not really - all cats, kind of like people, are a little different, but it should be fine to just check on the cat twice a day.

Date: Nov 13, 2019
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog nik has panic attacks.

Question:I rescued a pitbull/cane Corso from the pound when he was about a year old. Now that he's going on four he has severe panic attacks & completely breaks down every time I leave. And he is never left longer than 2 hours. And has a very active life.

Answer:All behavior/anxiety cases are so different, it is hard to recommend anything for your pet without knowing any more about him and behavior problems are so multi-factorial and individualized, it is ideal to work with a behavior specialist in your area that can work directly with him (and you). Some animals do fine with over-the-counter things like Composure (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Composure+Bite+Sized+Chews-prod11251.html) or Solliquin (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Solliquin-prod12093.html) and the Thundershirt (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Thundershirt-prod11310-11310.html) but others need prescription medication from their veterinarian, like Alprazolam. And here is a link to our article about separation anxiety with many other tips and treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-dog-cat-29.htm

Date: Oct 13, 2019
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: First week of new puppy

Question:We have wanted to get a puppy for a long time now, and we have had a particular interest in the Golden Retriever. Its general friendliness and allowance of other pets is what drove us to choose this breed. However, we have the problem of spending time with our new puppy, because my mom will leave the house from 8:30 to 12, and I'll have school for the whole day. Is it really necessary to wait until we have one week of vacation, or would it be possible to get it now and just have my mom give him food for lunch.

Answer:The puppy should be fine for 3.5-4 hours if it is left in a safe dog crate at your house, so getting it now or when you have a week break should be fine.

Date: Jul 23, 2019
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pheromones

Question:How far away should you place a plug in pheromone from my dogs? There is an outlet next to where the dogs bedding is. Is that too close?

Answer:There are different brands and different concentrations so you will have to read on the packaging.

Date: Jul 22, 2019
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dementia

Question:I have a 13 yr old lab who was diagnosed with dementia. Please help me help her. I love her so much and she¿s up all night and pants really bad. She also makes a half soft barking sound all day. I want her back. Rose

Answer:Here is a good article about the subject, written by another veterinarian, on a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952637

Date: Jun 6, 2019
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Crazy dog

Question: My dog has anxiety every time I leave the house. What can I give her to help her out. Also my dog drinks lake water is there something I can give her in case there are parasites in the water?

Answer:All dogs are very different and will respond to different treatments - in fact there are so many, I will attach a link to our article about some of the various treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-treatment-dog-cat-29.htm There is no need to pretreat your dog because she drinks lake water.

Date: May 27, 2019
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Separation Anxiety

Question:What can I give my 20lbs Jack chihuahua for this separation anxiety. Please help.

Answer:All dogs are very different and will respond to different treatments - in fact there are so many, I will attach a link to our article about some of the various treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-treatment-dog-cat-29.htm

Date: May 21, 2019
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Separation anxity

Question:Why does my bull wawa consistly kiss me

Answer:It is a sign of submission, which is usually a good thing - you don't want your dog to think it's more dominant than you. It can be discouraged like any other behavior, ignoring and not interacting with the pup for a while may work better than noxious stimuli like yelling or popping because that may make the dog more submissive and want to lick more..

Date: Mar 19, 2019
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Epilepsy

Question:I have a three year Pomeranian and he has these attacks where he can't sit still,eat,go potty or sleep. And he constantly wants me to hold him. He throws his self back against me and his eyes get really big. Could this be a symptom of epilepsy? He also has seizures sometimes 2 a day. He is very tired most of the day. He can be playing and will start to fall asleep. I am worried about him. Thank you

Answer:Epilepsy is certainly a possibility but so are many other things - definitely see your veterinarian for a good neurologic exam and probably some blood work. If you can capture exactly what he's doing on your phone with video, that will be helpful for your veterinarian.

Date: Mar 12, 2019
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anxiety

Question:My dog is so high strung I cannot even go into the bedroom and close the door without her having a fit. Is there something I can give her to calm her down. Sometimes I need to leave her with my husband when I am busy and she just makes herself sick worrying about me I guess.

Answer:Separation anxiety, if that is what she is experiencing, can be hard to treat as all dog's, owners and individual situations are very different. This is why working with a local trainer is ideal. Here is our article about separation with various forms of treatment, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-dog-cat-29.htm

Date: Mar 12, 2019
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Soiling inside

Question:My 2 year old dog is let out every morning around 6 AM for about 10 minutes in the backyard. For about 7 months, she was taking care of business right away. In the afternoon about 4 PM, she is let out again and she does her business. Lately, she has stopped peeing or pooping outside. She waits till she is left alone in the room by herself and then relieves herself. This is only started 4 days ago. When we take her out for a walk, she has no issues taking care of business. The poop looks normal. This also happened when she was left alone for only 2 hours. She was outside in the backyard right before we left her. When we came back she had soiled in the room. Any advice?

Answer:If it continues, have your veterinarian check her for medical problems, but some dogs have lapses in their potty training when they are older and you start the potty training over again as if she is a puppy. Here is a good article about how to do it correctly: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=8569058

Date: Nov 25, 2018
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Breathing rapidly

Question:Hi there! My 6 week and 3 day old male boxer started panting and breathing very rapidly all of a sudden when he got inside of a car to meet his new family with his sister. It didn¿t stop and he is even doing it in his sleep?

Answer:For something like that, I can't really help you through the computer - it makes me worry much more about medical problems at his age if he is having trouble calming down and adjusting. Make sure it is calm and quiet around him with no other animals for his first few days, but ideally his veterinarian should check him out and listen to his heart and lungs.

Date: Nov 8, 2018
Category: Separation Anxiety
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Aggressive behavior

Question:I have a 4 yr old dog that i rescued when he was a yr old. About two yrs ago i was diagnosed with ptsd. Me and my dog went through everything together. Life is safe now but i cant even get him to a vet. I would be afraid for the vet. Im at a loss. I love him with all my heart and soul. I even moved to the country to let him live as normal as possiable. He has extreme anxiety. I can only have him around 3 people. No one else. What can i do ? Im not willing to give up on him. He never gave up on me. Please help.

Answer:Behavior problems are so complex and individualized, I would encourage you to find an experienced trainer in your area to work with. If he is not neutered, you definitely will want to do that. Getting him a good bit of daily exercise may help.


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