Canine Separation Anxiety is a common disorder that many dogs suffer from. Until recently, signs associated with this disorder were considered “normal”. This is now known to be untrue. There are reasonable treatments now available. Signs of separation anxiety are:
- Barking (vocalization)
- Soiling (urinating or defecating in unacceptable areas of the house)
- Destruction by digging or chewing
- Any other abnormal behavior that takes place only when the family dog is separated from members of the family
It is important to remember that these signs are not only for separation anxiety. Other conditions could exist and that is why your veterinarian should be consulted before forming a diagnosis.
As with all medications used for behavior modification, it is important that the right diagnosis is made and that every effort is made to try and accomplish satisfactory behavior so that medication is no longer needed.
If you have any questions pertaining to your pet and this condition, please feel free to call us at the de la Houssaye Animal Hospital.