Shelburne Veterinary Hospital

Back to Work or School?

Back-to-school season or going back to work after COVID-19 restrictions may be stressful for pets. They are used to a lot of extra attention and probably more exercise, so they may act out when they return to their old, less active, less social routines.

If you can, try to ease your pet back into being alone during the day. Gradually increase the amount of time you leave your pet at home alone over a few weeks. If you don’t have time to do that, you can give treats when you leave your home so your pet associates being alone with good things. Make sure to leave your pets plenty of toys so they can also keep busy while you’re gone.

Some reactions, like accidents in the house, incessant barking or meowing or destruction of furniture or objects, may be signs of separation anxiety. We can help with these and other types of behavior issues. Call us at (802) 985-2525 to schedule an appointment.