Separation Anxiety in Dogs
This is an excerpt from an article in Clinicians Brief magazine.
Recent Studies have shown that 14 to 17% of dogs suffer from separation anxiety and 30% of dogs are surrendered to animal control as a result of perceived behavior problems.
Separation Anxiety is the occurrence of distress when the dog is separated from the person or persons to whom it is attached. Common symptoms are: destruction, indoor soiling, and vocalization. Other signs are: self-mutilation, excessive salivation, pacing, whining, and inappetence.
A good physical exam by your veterinarian and laboratory work should always be the first steps since medical issues often contributes to behavioral changes.
Diagnosis is based on the pet's history; video or audiotapes are also useful to confirm the behavior of the pet when he or she is alone. Often within 10 to 15 minutes of the owner's departure, the dog starts its distress behavior.
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