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Parenting: helping pets adjust to "new normal"

Helping pets find new routine as you return to work
Posted at 5:16 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 07:12:39-04

It is not easy to work from home.

While the distractions are all around, the anxiety of our pets, who get used to use being gone, has peaked as well.

"Their routine is completely thrown off," Dr. Jackie Simon, owner of Country Place Veterinarian Clinic, said. "We were seeing a lot of stress issues initially and then everyone evolved and those things cleared up."

While those issues may have cleared up, Dr. Simon said, the other side is coming into play--when you head back into the office and leave them home alone.

"Instead of all of a sudden, because they're used to their humans being home all of the time, they're gone," Dr. Lindsay Trahan, associate at Country Place Veterinarian Clinic, started. "You start to tell you animal, "You have to get up at 6am instead of 7:30am and you have to eat now. They're not ready. And then you put them in their kennel for four hours. They are not going to adjust very well. You need to slowly transition back into the old routine."

Dr. Trahan said that blankets and toys are another way to help with the transition.

Dr. Simon added, sometimes blankets and toys do not work and that's when you need to check with your vet for the best possible solution.

"There are different over-the-counter medications, as well as prescription medications, and their veterinarian will be the best one to determine the best course of action for that pet."

So whether you have a clingy dog or passive cat, they all feel the impacts of what is going on in our everyday lives.

Sometimes more than we think.