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14 May, 2021

Paw anxiety

TABLELAND families have been reminded to keep an eye on their fur babies after a recent survey by Royal Canin has found that 52% of dogs have experienced separation anxiety with their humans returning to social norms


Dogs around FNQ have had an increasing amount of separation anxiety after COVID.

TABLELAND families have been reminded to keep an eye on their fur babies after a recent survey by Royal Canin has found that 52% of dogs have experienced separation anxiety with their humans returning to social norms.

Common signs of separation anxiety from dogs include minor barking, whimpering, howling when being left alone, to more extremes such as ripping up furniture and becoming aggressive. 

Graham Lauridsen, Director from Ready Vet in Atherton, said that there are many ways to treat dogs suffering from separation anxiety. 

“Usually what we do is consult the owner and the animals to see if there are any other problems such as blindness and deafness and then find the reason for its separation anxiety,” he said. 

“We don’t like to prescribe medication straight away, instead we teach the owners to train their dogs to handle not having them around so often. 

“Usually the indoor dogs have larger separation anxiety because they have a closer bond to their human, but that doesn’t rule out that big outdoor dogs don’t either.”   


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