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Dealing with separation anxiety

Scared Dog

It is not terribly common, but it is heartbreaking to have a pet that does not cope well with being left alone. In most cases it is triggered by the departure of a specific individual. Some of the ways dogs react to this anxiety are: scratching point of exit, chewing, barking, whimpering, pacing, panting and some even lose control of their bladder or bowls. Most of the time the anxiety is caused by a traumatic experience, that may have occurred in your pets past. Sometimes something as simple as getting your pet a “friend” will solve the problem. However in most cases it seems only human attention will relieve this fear.

There are ways to help relieve this stress to your pet. Here a some of them. First of all, you can talk to your vet who may prescribe a medication that can be given to your pet a certain amount of time before your departure. Please remember it may not work completely and, depending on the animal, may wear off before you return so it is best to combine it with another technique. You can also try using aroma therapy plug-ins designed to calm pets which, again, works depending on your animal. Another option you can try is what trainers call the “safety signal” method. You are going to give your pet a special toy that they only get when you leave. You give them the toy, pretend to leave, then take away the toy when you return. As you increase the amount of time you are “gone” your pet will begin to understand, when they receive this toy you are not really gone. Therefore you can actually leave without your pet realizing they are alone. This method can take a lot of time and may not work on all animals. You can also do this by taking your dog to a day sitter so the house becomes the “safety signal”. It is always best to discuss any options with your vet and even consult a professional trainer who can help you design a plan that is specified to your dog. Brought to you by: OvernightPetTags.com

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Bringing a new baby home with pets

Dog and Baby on blanketOne of the major stresses in life, is bringing home a new baby with pets at home. If you are a pet lover your pets have been your baby until now. This will be a big change for them, just as it is for you. I myself am expecting and have done a ton of research on how to best handle the situation. No matter how you intend to handle it, please don’t forget your pets and remember that they have feelings too.

If your preparing to bring home a baby you’ve already been spending all your waking moments planning and preparing. The best thing you can do to make this transition easier for your pets, is making sure they are feeling lots of love and attention during all these changes. Even though it may seem best to you, keeping them out of the nursery or pushing them away all the time will only make your pets resent your new addition. If you happen to leave your pets with family members while you are in the hospital make sure that you have their information on the pet id tags.

Something else you can do to make this easier is cuddling with your pet or pets as much as possible with your growing belly. You make think you smell the same but they may already be able to begin picking up baby’s sent from you. Something else you can do is make sure you pack your own baby blanket for the hospital. Normally after delivery the hospital will wrap your new bundle in a blanket and put a cap on his or her little head. Your spouse can take this blanket or cap home and let the animals smell it on their own without feeling anxious. By the time you come home with baby, they are used to the smell, or at least expect it.
No matter how you handle your situation do not stress. Remember that babies and pets have been living together peacefully for a long time. So do not stress. Give you pets some love and attention. Enjoy being pregnant and look forward to baby and pets being the best of friends.