COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – an update for our clients.

Pet Anxiety Month: How to help your best friend cope

March 19, 2019

March is Pet Anxiety Month, so we’re taking this opportunity to raise awareness among pet owners in Norwich. But of course, your pet can be affected by worries or fears all year round.

A huge 85% of dogs in the UK are distressed by being apart from their owners for long periods of time, according to the RSPCA, even when they’re in a familiar home environment. Meanwhile, a huge 89% of cats are frightened of at least one thing, as noted in a report by the PDSA.

When anxious, pets are likely to:

  • Engage in destructive behaviour, such as chewing, scratching or licking
  • Howl, make other loud noises or pace up and down
  • Tremble, breathe quickly or display a fast heart rate

However, some may suffer without any outward sign, while their mental wellbeing still decreases. If you’re concerned, please don’t hesitate to contact our vet practice team on 01603 898984 to make an appointment.

Get help today >

Our top four tips for reducing separation anxiety

You can help by considering your pet’s state of mind and being proactive:

  • Make sure they have adequate exercise before you go out, so they feel more relaxed and can sleep more easily in your absence.
  • Provide entertainment such as heavy-duty toys or chews. This will keep them occupied and might make them less likely to destroy your furniture or other possessions.
  • Don’t punish them on your return, even if they’ve misbehaved. This will increase their anxiety and may lead to other behavioural problems.
  • Show them you care when you arrive home, so they know they’re still important to you.

If your pet’s main concern is something other than separation, such as loud sounds, make sure they have a ‘safe space’ to shelter within your home and consider plug-in treatments (ask our nurse Sarah for advice).

Strictly Necessary

These cookies are required for our website to operate and include items such as whether or not to display this pop-up box or your session when logging in to the website. These cookies cannot be disabled.

Performance

We use 3rd party services such as Google Analytics to measure the performance of our website. This helps us tailor the site content to our visitors needs.

Functional

From time to time, we may use cookies to store key pieces of information to make our site easier for you to use. Examples of this are remembering selected form options to speed up future uses of them. These cookies are not necessary for the site to work, but may enhance the browsing experience.

Targeting

We may use advertising services that include tracking beacons to allow us to target our visitors with specific adverts on other platforms such as search or social media. These cookies are not required but may improve the services we offer and promote.

Change Settings

Welcome. You can control how we use cookies and 3rd party services below

Change Settings Accept
Learn how we use cookies