Americans spend a billion dollars every year on fireworks. Sadly, they often never stop to think about the effect the explosives have on their neighbors, such as those who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and dog owners. Dogs frequently become upset when they hear the noise associated with the fireworks and become destructive as a result. —
Nevertheless, separation anxiety in dogs remains a bigger problem for their owners, as this issue continues to be an issue for weeks, months, or years. Pet owners must know the signs of separation anxiety and how to treat it in an effort to prevent this destruction. Pet Parents feels this is of great importance, as dogs can't speak and express what is causing the issues that are being seen.
Twenty to forty percent of dogs visiting a veterinary behavioral specialist suffer from this condition according to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The dogs typically present with emotional distress, and the distress is exhibited in loud, inappropriate, and destructive ways.
The owner might attribute this behavior to the dog being spiteful or retaliating for the time it spends alone. This isn't the case, however. In actuality, the dog becomes anxious when the owner leaves, and separation anxiety that is left untreated puts the dog's overall health at risk.
The ASPCA reports dogs suffering from separation anxiety often urinate or defecate in inappropriate places. Persistent barking and howling with no apparent trigger tend to accompany the separation anxiety, and some dogs destroy things around the home, possibly injuring themselves in the process.
Nevertheless, certain symptoms tend to be more subtle. Excessive drooling, cowering, pacing, and lip licking all suggest the dog is having issues and needs to be seen to determine the underlying cause. A refusal to eat is another sign the dog may be suffering from separation anxiety.
Fortunately, pet owners find they have options when it comes to treating the separation anxiety. Counterconditioning often benefits those dogs suffering from mild separation anxiety. However, many owners opt to try other measures that may be of benefit to their dog and save their relationship with the animal.
Calming supplements help balance the stressed and anxious dog and can be of help in reducing the destructive behaviors often seen with this condition. Nevertheless, some owners find it difficult to get the animal to take the supplement, and they must consider other options.
Dogs love chew toys, as they have something to keep them busy when the owner is away. Owners love them too because they take the animal's attention away from household objects, so they don't sustain damage. For more information on these, find the details at Pet Parents.
Training pads are beneficial as they keep any messes contained. This problem plagues many owners as they try to treat the dog's separation anxiety. The messes remain contained, which owners appreciate. They can quickly clean the mess and spend time with their pet.
Moderate to severe cases typically require professional intervention. However, pet owners need to work with the animal at home as well to obtain the best results. These products become of great help as the treatment for separation anxiety moves forward.
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