With the widespread stay at home orders and quarantines in the past 3 months, there has been a huge increase in the amount of pets adopted from shelters and the phenomenon known as the 'quarantine puppy' was recently coined. As veterinarians, we are thrilled to see so many people adding to their homes especially those adopting pets from shelters. However, we also know that these are unusual times, and that unfortunately for our pets, we will not always be home and therefore they will suddenly have to learn to be home by themselves once our world reopens. This will lead to lots of unwanted behavior in our pets if we are not proactive in how we prepare them for this sudden transition.
So let's discuss what you can do at home to help reduce your pet's chances of developing significant separation anxiety during this time.