Poor pet behavior could be an emotional problem | SummitDaily.com

Poor pet behavior could be an emotional problem

NADINE LOBERSpecial to the Daily

If your cat starts urinating in unusual places, he may be upset. Usually if the urination is a small puddle and occurs frequently, this implies a bladder infection is present and needs medical attention. If the puddles are bigger and infrequent, then the psychoanalysis begins. Veterinarians play the role of psychoanalysts quite often when it comes to cats and their routines. When your cat starts urinating in the house, try to find a reason that could have perturbed him. A new pet, a new human baby, an outdoor animal roaming your property, a new significant other visiting more often or a dirty litter box are all possible reasons for your cat to be mad. Once the behavior is established, it is important to clean up the mess and remove the odor. Then lock your cat in an uncarpeted room for a while until he only uses the box; also try to block off the area where your cat urinates. Because these disorders are anxiety related, cats are often given medication. Your dog may have separation anxiety if he or she goes nuts when left alone. Signs are destroying things, barking and urinating. The behaviors are usually worse during the first 15 to 20 minutes of separation and some may become apparent as you are getting ready to leave.There are several ways to deal with this behavior. Putting the animal in a crate can stop them from hurting themselves, yet confinement also can worsen the problem. Doggie daycare may be in order because it can help to have someone with the dog while the problem is being treated.If your dog barks when you leave, remember that bark collars may simply mask the problem without treating the anxiety.Another way to treat the problem is to try to change your dog’s response to cues that initiate the behavior. For instance, if grabbing the keys or your briefcase makes the dog anxious, try grabbing the keys or briefcase, then go to the car and come right back. Do this a few times a day without actually leaving. Anti-anxiety drugs, natural supplements and herbal remedies also can be used for treatment. For further questions, Dr. Nadine Lober can be reached at (970) 949-7972.

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