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5 Ways to Reduce Pet Stress During Back-to-School Time

Reviewed by Jane Robertson DVM, DACVIM on Thursday, August 21, 2014
Posted August 21, 2014 in A Pet's Life

It’s the time of year when kids go back to school and many parents’ weeks quickly become filled with car rides, extracurricular activities and PTA meetings. We know it’s a frantic and exciting first few months, but make sure your pets aren’t left out of all the fun!

1. Keep your dog social

When it’s time for kids to go back to school, dogs may have a harder time adjusting than anyone else. Think about it; after receiving extra attention and social interaction for months, what kind of dog would want to give it all up? Since dogs who aren’t socially stimulated may turn to bad behaviors, we recommend looking into a doggy daycare program or setting up play dates for your pooch. Of course, always inspect a new facility before you leave your dog there alone.

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Jason has over 6 years of experience in the pet health industry and is managing editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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