Spike in Pet Surrenders Prompts Local SPCA to Educate Owners on Separation Anxiety

A sad new trend across the country has pet owners returning the pets adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As people get vaccinated and readjust to leaving home for work and school, shelters across the United States are seeing higher than average rates of returns, the BBC reports.   Some dogs are showing signs of separation anxiety which can lead to unwanted behavior.  The Virginia Beach SPCA is asking residents to begin working with their pets now to ease separation anxiety.

“While some of their behaviors due to their anxiety may frustrate you, it is important to seek solutions instead of punishing them. Consult with your veterinarian if you feel you need help. There are medications and supplements that can help severe cases of separation anxiety. You can also reach out to a qualified trainer who can provide expert advice specific to your pet.”

Get tips on how to help your pet cope here.