Pet Health: Back to School Blues

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The end of the summer means a lot of changes for each member of your household, even your pet. With kids going back to school and moms and dads going back to work after vacation, many families’ schedules completely change this time of year. And vets say it’s normal for your cat or dog to exhibit some signs of depression, or back-to-school blues.

Animal experts say that you can avoid destructive behaviors when a schedule change happens in your home by ensuring your pet is kept busy while no one is home. For dogs this may mean buying some new toys that will stimulate them throughout the day or hiding treats in different rooms of your home. New toys may also help make the transition easier for your feline friends.

Dog owners may also consider hiring a dog walker to play with their pet during the day or enrolling him in a doggie daycare program. These programs help keep canines engaged and active while their owners are at work. And, just like a childcare center, you drop him off before work and pick him up afterwards.

Remembering to set aside some time in the morning and at night to play with your cat or dog is always important, especially when your family’s schedule has changed.

Pet Health Tips brought to you by: EZ Vet Pet Health Care Center

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