When Pet Anxiety Strikes: How to Keep Your Pet Calm This Summer

It’s summer, and images of lounging by the pool, backyard BBQs, and summer celebrations are dancing in our heads. But for many pets, summer may actually be a more stressful time.

Fireworks, thunderstorms, and parties can all potentially turn our pet into a quaking, trembling, and fearful mess. What’s worse, their anxiety can sometimes manifest in behaviors destructive to their environment and even themselves.

While it’s impossible to shield pets from every loud noise or stressful situation, with a little awareness and preparation, it is possible to minimize the effects. Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital shares some steps you can take to alleviate pet anxiety this summer.

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School Daze: Separation Anxiety in Pets

Separation anxiety in pets can increase when school starts.Whether you have younger kids or older ones heading off to college, it’s normal for everyone to go through an adjustment period at the start of a new school year. Pets feel the change as well, especially if they’ve enjoyed a pet-centric summer for the past 3 months.

Separation anxiety in pets is quite common this time of year. An estimated 15-30% of pets regularly experience symptoms. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can help support your furry family member!

Where is Everyone?

Pets thrive on routine, so a sudden change in the daily schedule can be confusing and upsetting. The hustle and bustle of preparing for a new school year and the sudden departure of key family members can leave a pet feeling confused, anxious, and left out. Continue…