Statistics shows that around 14-20%* of all dogs may suffer from separation anxiety, and 20-40%* of dogs seen by a behaviour specialist are diagnosed with this problem. The good news is that there are ways to alleviate this anxiety with help from your veterinarian. Let’s learn more about what separation anxiety is, how to recognize the common signs, and some helpful treatment options.
*Sherman and Mills 2008; Canine Anxieties and Phobias: An Update on Separation Anxiety and Noise Aversions; Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice; 38 (2008) pp 1181-1106
Separation anxiety is the feeling of extreme anxiety a dog can experience when separated from its people.
Separation anxiety often manifests rather dramatically. Your neighbours may complain about barking when you’re away from home, or you may get home to find a mess.
The trigger that causes separation anxiety is a simple one – it makes your dog anxious when you leave the house without them! If you’re wondering why some dogs react this way, just remember that all dogs have evolved as pack animals.
Separation anxiety in dogs is a treatable condition – and it should always be treated, because it’s an extremely stressful experience for your dog.