Please Don’t Go: Understanding Canine Separation Anxiety


With Houston’s schools having just opened for the fall term, pet separation anxiety is a real concern. Oak Forest Veterinary Hospital understands that this transition can be especially difficult for our beloved pets. When our dogs show signs of anxiety or depression when left alone, we often develop feelings of guilt and worry. Pet parents can take comfort in the fact that separation anxiety is largely due to a dog’s natural instincts. For canines in the wild, abandonment can be life-threatening. Undomesticated dogs are with their packs continuously and are rarely alone. Isolation means they are vulnerable to predators and could even face starvation without their hunting partners. It’s only natural, then, for dogs to suffer anxiety when they are separated from their human pack.

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The In’s and Out’s Of Pet Separation Anxiety

Pug on green backgroundIn the face of sweltering heat, the incontrovertible truth remains that summer will be petering out soon. This might provide great relief to your panting, tired-of-the-heat cat or dog , but this seasonal change can also trigger confusion and panic if they are used to rolling around with the kids all summer long.

To be sure, with Houston’s schools opening for the fall term, pet separation anxiety is a real concern. Oak Forest Veterinary Hospital understands that this transition can be especially difficult for pets. With our proactive approach, every member of your household can manage the start of the school year with finesse. Continue…