2020 brought us many things, Covid-19, Zoom meeting mishaps, a toilet paper shortage, and my personal favorite – Pandemic Puppies! It’s safe to say all of us either adopted a pet or know someone that did during the 2020 lockdown. In fact, according to be.chewy.com, 891,000 cats and dogs were rescued and given forever homes in 2020. To break it down that is 452,744 dogs and 438,738 cats. Plus, Texas is listed as one of the top five states that adopted the most pets!
Luckily, most of us are finally able to go back to work or school in person. However, that means cats and dogs that were around their parents 24/7 for months are now being left home alone to their own devices. This can be nerve-racking for both parent and pet!
Did you know that animals can have anxiety just like us humans experience? Dogs (and cats) are prone to separation anxiety. Anxiety looks a bit different in these pets, since they can’t talk. Dogs may bark/howl, pace and pant, shiver, try to escape, have frequent accidents, and they also may have destructive behavior such as chewing furniture or shoes and getting into the garbage. . Cats may be restless and pace around, vocalize, and excessively groom.
If pet parents don’t take action to help prevent these behaviors, it could be very harmful to the animals. Even if it’s a minor case of anxiety, it could develop into a much worse problem. It’s always a good idea to start off with talking to your vet. A vet may prescribe an anxiety medication for your pet, or even suggest getting someone to check in on your furry friend during the day.
As we all know, a well exercised dog is a happy and non-destructive dog. Luckily for you, Pampered Pups offers daily mid-day visits! Whether your pup needs a potty break and some playtime, or your cat needs a few minutes of company, Pampered Pups is guaranteed to be Your Best Friend’s Next Best Friend!