September is here! Our summers are winding down and our schedules are filling up. As we transition from our lazy summer days to schedules packed with school, practice and appointments it can be stressful on us and our family, including our four-legged friends.
Separation anxiety seems to spike in the fall as our pets experience more time alone and less exercise. PetPlan conducted a survey using 4,000 of their customers, and found that 26% pet owners with kids going to school noticed their pet experienced more symptoms of separation anxiety in September. Interestingly, only 10% of families that didn't have children going to school saw a change in their pet's behavior.
When your pet's human friends return to school, it can be upsetting for them. If you're concerned your pet will be stressed by changes to their routine and extra time spent alone, keep reading. We'll review how to tell if your pet is stressed or suffering from separation anxiety, and how you can make the back-to-school transition easier on them.