Gentle Healer Pet Clinic

Back to school time!

Cats and dogs may have separation anxiety when kids leave for school

With all the excitement of the kids going back to school, many families may not think about what it means to the dog or cat. What you may notice are changes in behavior a sad dog or cat, who mopes around or sleeps a lot more. Or your dog may suddenly started chewing things he shouldn't, or your cat does a lot more meowing. And you may not even connect the unusual cat or dog behavior with back-to-school time.
These are just a few of the fun and pet-friendly activities you and your children can do to help keep your pet happy and content.

  1. Work with your children to set and follow a daily routine that works for their lifestyle all year long. The schedule should include feeding, walks to one spot for housebreaking (toileting), walks off the property (for socialization) and appropriate play at approximately the same time every day. Establishing a routine your pet can depend on will help them weather any changes that may occur.
  2. Save a special toy that your pet really loves and have your children give it to them just before they are ready to go out. Put it away again once the children come home so it remains the "special toy.”
  3. Hide favorite pet treats around the house for your pet to discover while you are away. Rubber Kongs or hard hollow bones can be stuffed with a little peanut butter or cream cheese and can even be frozen for a long lasting treat!
  4. Encourage your children to come home right away to care for their pet's needs and jump into a fun game of "fetch" or "cat and mouse" before starting other after school activities.
  5. Plan fun after school activities for your children to do for and with their pet - build a cat tree, plan a family game of soccer or go for a hike together. Encourage children to spend quiet time reading out loud to their pets and recording it so it can be played back while the animal is home alone.
10 things that could add yours to your dog's life
#1 Healthy food, healthy weight
Feed your pet on a set schedule. Vegetables for a midday snack are great. 
#2 Stay Active
Get your dog the exercise it needs by taking him/her jogging, walking, running or even playing ball on a regular basis.  Try to adopt a schedule so they can get the mental stimulation and physical activity they need.
#3 Put yourself out there
Dogs and people are social creatures who cannot live in isolation for a long period of time.  Dogs benefit from spending time with other dogs.  If you are dealing with dog-dog aggression, and find yourself nervous about getting him/her out there, seek professional training.  Chances are your dog is feeding off your nerves and would actually enjoy the socialization.
#4 Give affection
Dogs need positive interaction like humans to survive. 
#5 Keep a clean and healthy home

Maintaining a home environment that is free of toxins and harmful chemicals will lessen the chances that your dog will become ill or develop allergies.
#6 Build a relationship with your dog
As your relationship grows, so does your mutual health when the right routines are established for both you and your pet.

Not only will getting your male dog neutered lengthen and improve his quality of life, it will also help to prevent unwanted behaviors such as spraying or territorial marking, fighting with others males, and wandering away from home.  Neutering/spaying can also protect both males and females from developing health issues due to hormones as they age.
#8 Take care of your dog's teeth

This could not be stressed more.  Tooth decay is common, but is can lead to other health problems for your pet.  Brush your dog's teeth as much as possible.  There are bones and toys that can really help improve your pet's dental hygiene. 
#9 Let your dog relax
While it's important to love your dog, they also need time to relax and be independent.  A dog can become stressed if they're constantly anxious or on the go.
#10 Get checkups and vaccinations
These yearly checkups give your vet a chance to catch any diseases, infections or health problems that could be potentially detrimental later on.  

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If there is an emergency with your pet during a time when our clinic is closed, please call the

Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center
360 Bluemound Rd Waukesha

706 Market St
Watertown WI 53098



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