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Originally Posted On: Headed Back to Work? How You Can Prevent Stress and Anxiety in Your Pet – allitom
Over the past few months, there’s been a dramatic change in how many people live their day-to-day lives. Your schedule has likely changed, your community is shifting, and, in many ways, it may feel like you have entered some type of alternative reality that features matching masks and gloves.
This significant change in pace doesn’t just impact you. It impacts your beloved pets, as well.
Think about it, if you were suddenly stuck working from home when you usually work a normal 9 to 5 job, you are likely spending a lot more time with your pets.
Now that people are starting to go back to work, you – and your pet face another series of significant changes. While “normal” may never return, for many people, the hours of binge-watching Netflix series and going for countless walks with your pets is likely ending.
This begs the question – how are your pets going to feel about yet another change?
Don’t Worry – Too Much
Before getting into the bad things that may occur when you leave your pets alone again, it’s important to note that some animals may benefit from having some “alone” time. For many, the change in pace that was caused by the worldwide pandemic may have affected your pet’s sleep schedule.
Most dogs require between 12 and 14 hours of quality sleep per day to function properly. In fact, the average family dog spends about 50% of their time napping and another 30% laying around away. Only about 20% of their time is spent being active.
However, when you were suddenly home all the time, you likely got bored and turned to your animals for fun. This increase in activity may have actually been bad for your four-legged friend’s health.
With Pets Consistency is Key
A great way to keep your pets healthy and happy is with a consistent and predictable daily routine. If things aren’t consistent, it can cause stress for your dog or cat.
The Stress of More Change
Change is stressful, and this sudden absence of their human companions can result in separation anxiety for some pets. A good way to ease separation anxiety is by making gradual, small changes over time. If your dog or cat still seems stressed with this gradual change, consider adding a full-spectrum CBD extract to their routine. This is a great and useful tool to help keep animals calm while you are away.
There is an array of tinctures specifically designed for pets, and that can be very beneficial as you transition back to your regular, 9 to 5 workday.
Finding the Right Product Matters
Remember, not all CBD products are created equal. Take time to research the options and find something for your pet that you trust. This is going to help ensure the desired benefits are achieved. Being informed and knowing how to make transitions into new routines easier and less stressful for your pets will benefit you and your furry friend.