Many of us have been at home over lockdown, which means our pets have got used to having us around 24/7. This has generally meant more walks, more cuddles and more company! Fabulous! As lockdown restrictions continue to ease and more of us are returning to our workplaces, our pets are now needing to adjust to a new normality.
Some pets will be absolutely fine, but for others, the change may be more difficult. Common problems include separation-related issues with us not being around so much, an increase in general noise and traffic levels triggering pet anxiety, and with puppy training classes not running, lockdown puppies may not have developed appropriate greeting skills when meeting dogs or pets from other households.
To support pet owners at this time, the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA) have produced an information sheet to help owners help their pets with the return to normal life. Q&As cover the above issues, with suggested strategies for owners to implement, and there’s also advice on where you can seek additional help. Click here to read!