Much has been said about people’s mental health during social isolation and all the consequences brought about by the pandemic. But what about dogs and cats in this new reality? Behavior problems also affect pets, who suffer from anxiety, phobias or fears, compulsions and even aggression.
What not all tutors know is that behavioral problems affect not only the animals’ mental health, but also physical health and quality of life. Psychological disorders can even interfere in the pet’s relationship with the guardian and the family. Among other consequences, as in the case of aggressive animals, for example, are the isolation of the animal, abandonment or even euthanasia.
Social isolation and pets
The lack of coexistence with other animals and the old routine of walks can affect dogs a lot. This is because the furry people end up losing the opportunity to interact, play, smell and exercise their natural behaviors. The greater presence of the tutor at home, as in many cases with tutors working in the home office, does not mean greater quality of life for the pet since there is an emotional tension between people and this ends up being perceived by the animals and harming their mental health.
On the other hand, when tutors return to the old routine of leaving for work, this can generate other triggers in pets, which need stability, and many are likely to have behavioral problems. One of the most recurring problems is Separation Anxiety.
Separation anxiety syndrome: how to prevent your dog?
Separation Anxiety Syndrome (SAS) is a problem that can occur in any dog. Generally, the most affected are the agitated and active dogs that, from an early age, used to follow the tutor everywhere and are encouraged to always be around. This, together with the lack of stimuli and daily activities – walks, exercises and games – can make your best friend develop a series of behaviors that no owner knows how to deal with.
This is because dogs, by nature, have an immense need to be close to the pack. With the domestication of the species, dogs began to live closer to humans. They consider us part of the pack and need us to feel protected, to guarantee food and shelter.
For this reason, pets used to receiving attention and affection all the time, can feel an “emptiness” when alone. This loneliness, associated with a lack of mental and physical stimuli, can be the trigger for a series of behaviors such as:
– Excessive barking, crying and agitation
– Pee out of place
– Destruction of furniture and objects
– Paw licking
– Biting the tail
– Scrape the door
Scolding and punishment in these cases are not recommended. Instead of solving the problem, you may end up encouraging the pet to develop other disorders. Therefore, it is very worthwhile to pay attention to the signs and prevent your pet.
How to solve the pet behavioral problem
Animal behavior specialist Luiza Cervenka explains that when a dog or cat has a behavioral disorder, its guardians should turn to a behavioral professional. Today, in addition to trainers, there are behavioral therapists, also called behavioralists.
Read the full article in which she explains the three pillars of behavioral therapy!
The Passion Fruit Formula
In addition to behavioral therapy, you can offer natural care to help your pet become more calm and peaceful: Passion fruit formula.
Passion fruit has benefits that can help in the treatment of several problems – such as anxiety, hyperactivity and agitation. For dogs, passion fruit can help in the case of furry animals that suffer from Separation Anxiety Syndrome (SAS).
Passion fruit is the fruit of Passiflora, a plant that has several medicinal properties. In its leaves, we find most of the therapeutic substances and, from them, we obtain the benefits that help in the treatment of anxiety symptoms.
O Passion fruit supplement, by Botica Pets, has in its formula three functional ingredients: Passionflower, artichoke extract and beer yeast. Together, they offer all the comfort your fur needs, in a natural way and in ideal therapeutic doses for pets.
The formula has a great effect on the emotional balance of anxious, poorly socialized and fearful dogs and cats.
Discover other benefits of passion fruit:
– Helps in relaxation, leaving the pet less responsive to stressful stimuli
– Induces sleep, due to its calming properties, preventing insomnia and night agitation.
– Improves hyperactivity.
– Helps in the treatment of nervous disorders, phobias and aggression, mitigating the effects caused by these changes.
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