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How Separation Anxiety Negatively Impacts Your Dog

Your retriever mix Jackson has been living a double life. To the outside world, this four-year-old pooch is a fun-loving dog with a perennial smile. He’s always ready for an energetic walk, dog park romp, or belly rub. However, your canine housemate has a more sinister side, captured by your home security cam after you left for work. You believe poor Jackson might be gripped by separation anxiety. Tomorrow, you’ll take him to your Glendale vet, who will examine your companion and provide expert behavioral counseling.

Deafening Din

Your ears are still ringing from Jackson’s furious barking. First, he slurped some water to lubricate his throat. Next, he revved up his vocal cords, launching into an hours-long tirade accented by growling and even howling. Although he took intermittent water breaks, he minimized the disruptions, quickly returning to his important task.

Demolition Machine

Your busy eighty-pound dog has mastered the art of demolition work. Obviously working with a plan, he began chewing on your custom living room couch and loveseat. After reducing the fine upholstery and white stuffing to colorful shreds, he turned to your heirloom dining set.

Next, your canine criminal gnawed several feet of hallway baseboards into wooden shards. You’re dismayed at the significant damage and replacement cost. However, you’re most worried that your irrational dog will hurt himself by munching on something dangerous.

Fecal Obsession

Jackson has never been interested in his feces. During frequent potty walks, he spends most of his time sniffing the trees and grass before lifting his leg to leave a calling card. Finally, he quickly completes his business before resuming his detective work.

However, when he’s alone, your feces-obsessed dog loves to leave piles in inaccessible corners. You haven’t had to clean them up, though, as he’s careful to consume every bit of evidence.

Canine Houdini

You thought Jackson’s “indestructible” plastic kennel, packed with treats and toys, would provide a comforting refuge. However, he quickly gobbled the snacks before gnawing his way out of the portable prison. When you arrived home, he was working on the spare bedroom door. Fortunately, you caught your canine delinquent before he could destroy the entire house.

Because dogs’ separation anxiety symptoms vary, your Glendale vet will evaluate Jackson’s antics before developing a treatment plan. If your dog has shown similar symptoms, contact us for expert assistance.

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