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wag expert advice | ruff guide: separation anxiety signs + symptoms (cont’d) Because separation anxiety can be progressive, it is important to tell your veterinarian about any destructive behavior when you are away from the home as soon as it occurs. While some dogs may simply be bored, it’s important to address any potential underlying anxiety component before those feelings spin out of control. Cats with separation anxiety often display inappropriate elimination or urinating on the absent owner’s clothing, shoes or bedding. Sometimes this behavior occurs right after the owner in question returns, which is the lone exception to the rule that separation anxiety behaviors are only displayed in the absence of the owner. For cats, separation anxiety doesn’t have to be about the amount of time the owner is absent — it could just be in response to a change of routine. While some cats consider an owner being gone for the weekend to be anxiety producing, others may find that 12 hours is too long, or that the owner’s switch to the night shift is simply unacceptable. diagnosis Diagnosis of separation anxiety is relatively easy in dogs, as their “acting out” behaviors in your absence are easy to spot upon your return. Making the diagnosis in cats is not as easy, because inappropriate elimination can have several different underlying causes. case study pollie 12-year-old female german shepherd mix condition: separation anxiety treatment: veterinary behaviorist consultations, anti-anxiety medication amount reimbursed: $1,598 petplan protected: since july 2011 Pollie was having panic attacks — a divorce, a new house and the death of her four-legged best friend, Max, had left her anxious. She took to destroying anything she could reach when mom Michele had to go out. “It got so bad she didn’t care if she injured herself,” explains Michele. After unsuccessful attempts to treat Pollie’s separation anxiety with Prozac, a veterinary behaviorist prescribed a different medication, which Michele says is “enough to take the edge off.” But because Pollie still struggles when Michele leaves, she hired a dog nanny to keep Pollie company. “It’s expensive, but now my dog has a schedule that I couldn’t provide because I work odd hours. If there’s a human around, it makes her feel better.” Michele’s advice: “Address the separation anxiety early — don’t wait for it to get worse. And then, have patience.” 26 the shiny happy pets issue


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