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Is Your Pet Ready for Your Return to Work?

After months at home, heading back to the office may present challenges for both you and others in your life, including your dog. As you’re planning your schedule for in-office and WFH, make sure you consider the impact of these changes on your pet. After months of one-on-one time, your furry friend may experience some separation anxiety that you’ve never seen before. Separation anxiety is a pretty serious condition, and it goes beyond barking and whining when you leave the house. Separation anxiety is the result of legitimate stress that your dog is experiencing.

What Does Separation Anxiety in Dogs Look Like?

Dogs exhibit stress in many different ways. If your dog shows multiple symptoms on a regular basis, they may be suffering from Separation Anxiety. Here are some behaviors to look out for:

  • Whining or shaking while you’re gone or as you prepare to leave.
  • Excessive barking or howling.
  • Chewing, clawing or digging, particularly around doors or windows.
  • Accidents in the house – urinating or defecating.
  • Excessive salivation, drooling, or panting.
  • Repeated attempts to escape confinement

What Causes Separation Anxiety in Dogs?

It’s unclear why some dogs are more prone to Separation Anxiety than others. Triggers to be aware of include changes like a sudden switch in schedule, a move to a new house, or the abrupt absence of a family member. Recent research has even pointed to a lack of daily exercise as a possible cause of separation anxiety. 

What Can I Do About My Dog’s Separation Anxiety?
It’s very upsetting to see your pet in distress. Here are some actions you can take to address Separation Anxiety:

  1. Crate Training
    A crate is your dog’s friend and your helper. A crate can provide your dog with a safe, quiet place to relax. The trick is to teach your dog to associate the crate with good things like toys and snacks so that your dog is happy to spend time inside the crate.. 
  2. Exercise
    Exercise can’t cure Separation Anxiety, but it can help treat and prevent it. Make sure your dog gets appropriate physical exercise. This is especially true for large, high-energy dogs with a lot to burn off. 
  3. Play it Cool
    Teach your dog to be on their own in another room even when you’re at home. Play it cool when you leave or return home. You may greet your dog with affection, but don’t go over the top. If you get worked up, your dog will see your comings and goings as a major event to worry over. 
  4. CBD Supplements
    A recent study observing 32 dogs using CBD over 90 days found that 94 percent of owners felt the CBD positively impacted the dog’s quality of life both in reducing anxiety and providing relief from pain. There are many CBD products out there for pets. The most important thing is to ensure that any CBD product that you give to your pet is 100% THC free. Here are some varieties of CBD products that are offered for pets: 

Tinctures
Add a few drops of THC Free CBD to your dog’s food as an easy way to work in the benefits of daily CBD. 

Edibles
Soft chews are an easy way to dispense an exact amount of CBD to your dog. It’s always wise to start out at a low dose and test the results. You can always give more, but it’s best to start out “low and slow.” Many pet owners cut the chew in half to start out and then make adjustments.

Recommended for pets:
MedTerra's CBD Calming Soft Chews were developed with supporting, calming ingredients including Valerian Root and L-Tryptophan, to help keep your pet happy and relaxed. Each chew contains 10mg of CBD, making it easy to track and monitor your pet’s serving size.
Contains Pure Hemp CBD Extract -  0.00% THC
Serving Size 30 chews per bag | 10 mg CBD per chew | 300 mg CBD per bag
Good to Know Grown and extracted in the USA, MedTerra CBD is fully compliant and certified by the U.S. Hemp Authority. Medterra’s CBD products are third-party tested, and completely legal. This product is intended for dogs and cats 12 weeks and older.