Typically, summer means vacation, which also means time away from your pets. While it’s hard to leave our beloved fur family members behind, it can be even harder on them as we leave. Even though they will be in the caring hands of a house sitter, or local kennel, there are few things to know, and pack, for your fur-panion as you prepare for your trip.

Separation Anxiety

Just as humans get home sick, pets can develop separation anxiety which can be shown in a variety of symptoms. These include, but are not limited to:

    • Urinating
    • Barking/howling
    • Chewing
    • Digging
    • Pacing
    • Escaping

If these symptoms are not performed in your presence they most likely signify your pet suffers from separation anxiety. However, if these symptoms are performed in front of you, this can be a sign of another underlying issue.

Separation anxiety is more common in dogs who have been adopted than in dogs who have stayed with the same family since puppyhood. Other traumatic changes or events can trigger this anxiety as well.

Combating Anxiety

If your pet has separation anxiety there are a few ways to help them stay calm while you’re away.

First off, we suggest hiring a pet sitter. Someone staying at your house to watch your pets can be a much easier adjustment than dropping them off at the kennel for an extended period. Keeping your dog around smells they are used too, or items that still smell like you, can be calming and a natural de-stressor.

Products to Relieve Stress

If your dog is having a tough time adjusting to a new caretaker, or time at the kennel, we have a few products that can help ease the stress. It’s important to remember to tell your pet sitter, or kennel administrator how often, and when each supplement needs to be administered.

K9 Granola’s Pro Calm Gel Syringe is an organic supplement that is used to calm your pet in periods of stress and anxiety. Made with natural ingredients like valerian root extract and passion flower, this product can start working in as little as 20 minutes. If your dog doesn’t do well with a taking a gel supplement there is also Calm Caps. These capsules provide a similar effect as the gel supplement, however it takes 1-2 hours for the capsules to start working since it needs to be absorbed in the body.

Since stress can create other triggers in the body, and there is a higher exposure to germs in a local kennel, it’s important for your dog to take a digestive enzyme or probiotic supplement. Just as digestive health is crucial for humans, it’s equally important for dogs. Liquid and powder digestive supplements are available depending on what is easier for your dog to take. The digestive enzymes give the colon a boost in the naturally occurring enzymes in the body. Under extreme stress and anxiety the digestive tract can be compromised meaning less enzymes are produced, and the immune system weakened. Alternatively, probiotics aid in the digestive process. They boost production of naturally occurring enzymes that are important to digestive health.

Don’t forget your pet’s favorite toy, or snuggle animal if the kennel allows it. Having a toy for comfort is a little thing that can make a big impact. Make sure the toy is tough, and is resistant to excessive chewing. Charming Pet Cuddle Tugs make for great toys because they are perfect to tug and play, and also makes for a great snuggle toy. It is made of a non-rip canvas, and the seams are double stitched and nylon infused to ensure for a strong hold.

Leaving your pet is hard to do, but it can be easier with the right system in place. Whether they are staying with the house sitter, or at a local kennel, making your pet feel at home while you’re away is most important. Setting up a care schedule, and accounting for anything they will need while you’re away will help them stay calm and stress free.