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Friday, October 19, 2018

SIGNS YOUR PET NEEDS THERAPY

(Health) Know when barking, scratching, or other bad behavior is a problem and when to get help. Just like humans pets act out every now and then. But when is it time for an intervention? Any behavior that's atypical or presents in unusual contexts is worthy of veterinary attention, says Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic. Here's, how to tell if it's time to send a furry friend to behavioral therapy:

She chews everything in sight
Shoes, books, pillows. Ideally, your pooch shouldn't be ruining stuff past puppyhood. According to Borns-Weil, ongoing excessive chewing can result from fear, insufficient mental stimulation, or too little exercise. Try placing your pup in doggy day care to help banish boredom-induced gnawing, and puppy-proof your pad to avoid property damage. If neither do-it-yourself option helps, you'll want to consult a behaviorist for further assistance.

He has severe separation anxiety
Keeping your pup in a crate can make this problem even worse. "Most dogs find it upsetting to be confined when they're stressed," says Carlo Siracusa, DVM, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. "If they try to escape, they can cause serious injuries to themselves." Instead, leave him in a room with a gated doorway, with treats and toys. Use a camera to monitor him via an app during the day: "If his anxiety isn't improving, talk to your vet," says Siracusa.

She's overly aggressive
Animal aggression can manifest in many ways, from biting and yowling to hissing and scratching. "the majority of bites tend to happen with people whom dogs know and from dogs that have no previous history of biting. Siracusa explains, "If your dog is growling and barking at you or a family member, take her to a behaviorist immediately because these behaviors can turn into biting." Cats typically aren't as social as dogs, so a less friendly attitude isn't usually cause for concern.

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