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It’s the time of year parents are doing their happy dance as their kiddies head back to school.  Pets, on the other hand, can have a hard time adjusting to the long hours alone resulting in depression and undesirable behavior like barking, howling, whining, accidents and chewing things up.  Here’s a few tips to help transition your pet to a new back to school schedule.

  1. Adjust routine:  Pets really are creatures of habit.  They’ve had lots of attention during the summer months, so instead of making them go cold turkey without you, transition them into your school routine – specific feeding, exercise and playtime – a couple of weeks prior, giving your pet time to adjust.
  2. Exercise:  A tired dog is a happy dog, also applies to cats.  Spend time morning or evening playing with or walking your pet.  Not only is it quality time together, but it’s also physically beneficial.
  3. Interactive toys:  Give your pet puzzle toys that dispense treats or toys that make your pet work at getting to the treats inside.  Both will keep your pet mentally stimulated.
  4. Happy departure:  Make your departure a happy time by giving your pet a special toy or treat.
  5. Safe haven:  Create a place your pet feel safe while you’re gone.
  6. Backpack and lunchbox dangers:  Your child’s backpack and lunchbox can be hazardous to your pet’s health.  Any medications, inhalers, gum with xylitol, and food, such as grapes, chocolate, and raisins are toxic to pets.  Keep backpacks and lunchboxes in a place your pet cannot reach.

Hopefully back to school will be a happy time for your pets too!

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