Back to Work! Helping Pets Adjust to Change After COVID-19

If you have been sheltering in place for what is starting to feel like an eternity, you are probably going just a little stir crazy. Thankfully, many of us are finally beginning to return to work and maybe even school; and for the first time ever, perhaps, you may even be excited to get back to it.

Our pets feel differently, though. 

After all, they have been getting 24/7 love and affection from their humans for a few months now – and they probably don’t hate it as much as you might think. 

The team at Advantage Veterinary Center has actually seen an uptick of separation anxiety in our pet patients recently, meaning if your pet is struggling with your absence, they are not alone. 

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Understanding Anxiety in Pets

Anxiety in pets can affect pet behavior and pet healthWelcome home! You’ve just unlocked the door and walk inside to find your living room covered with couch stuffing. Or, you walk in and find that your kitty has eliminated on the rug, instead of in the litter box. You grit your teeth and start to clean up, wondering what has come over your pet these days.

Are they angry with you for leaving the house and punishing you? Probably not. Chances are, your pet is experiencing anxiety and fear.

Fear and anxiety in pets are complex problems that manifest themselves in many ways. We thought we’d give you an overview of these issues, and what you can do to help alleviate these feelings in your pet. Continue…

Better Safe Than Sorry: A Jumpstart on Holiday Pet Safety

There are two general types of people: those who wait all year for the holidays and those who simply can’t be bothered by all the hype. Wherever you fall, be sure your pet is safe from potential risk. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine anything bad happening as a result of festive decor, delicious food, or fun parties, but your pet’s safety could be in the crosshairs. With our holiday pet safety measures, you can still enjoy the season – and so can your four-legged best friend.

The Most Common Culprits

Sadly, we see a spike in pet emergencies in the weeks leading up to the jolliest times of year. Most are due to inflammation, gastrointestinal blockages (decorations, tinsel, tape, ribbon, etc.), and pancreatitis. The most common dangers include: Continue…