The month of August and with it the holidays are coming to an end … Back to school is approaching for you, your children but also your companion! After enjoying the walks and days in the great outdoors in your company, your pet will have to resume the rhythm of the start of the school year and the habit of staying alone at home while you are at work. How to properly prepare your dog or cat for this time – feared by all – that is back to school, and how to avoid the inconvenience that goes with it? Here are some tips to follow to get back on track smoothly…
Health check upon return from vacation
Back to school in September is the right time to make a checkup from your companion to your veterinarian. It will be an opportunity to vermifuger, as with each change of season.
If you have left for the south of France, Spain or Italy with your companion, be very vigilant in the weeks and months to come. Indeed, if it has been bitten by mosquitoes (sandflies), it may have contracted leishmaniasis, a disease that has serious consequences in dogs. The incubation period can last for several months before the first symptoms appear. For more information, you can read our health sheet.
Gently change your pace
Accustomed to your presence, your dog or cat needs to gradually readjust to your absence during the day. For avoid too sudden a change, and very stressful for an animal, it is therefore strongly recommended to gradually reinstate daily routine.
So that the transition between the long holidays and the return to school is smooth, it is possible (especially for the dog), to resume some time before returning home usual rhythm and schedules of outings.
Also let your dog or cat alone at home for a few hours a day when you're still on vacation, and for the rest of the day, try to give it a little less time than during the vacation.
Likewise for the distribution of meals, if this one knew some shifts during the holidays, you will have to gradually resume a normal rhythm.
A transition period is therefore necessary to prevent your companion from feeling “abandoned” when everyone goes home on school day to go to work or school.
If you have a young dog, we invite you to follow the advice in our “teaching the puppy to stay alone” sheet.
Why not take advantage of the new school year to offer your pet one or more new toys, which will help him to fight boredom, while stimulating his activity and his spirit?
You can offer him a distributor to activate to release his kibbles or his favorite treats, a laser to awaken your cat's hunter instinct or a game to stimulate his neurons for example …
You will find on our shop Wanimo.com a panoply of toys for dog and for cat.
Even if you have gently prepared him to resume back to school, and left him with toys to keep him busy, your pet may suffer fromanxiety, during many days.
You are not immune to some inconvenience. Meowing or barking, destruction, uncleanliness or marking … in the house can then happen: do not punish your animal if he makes foolery. This would only have the effect ofincrease stress.
Some animals that are more sensitive than others may also be listless, with reduced appetite. In the most severe cases ofseparation anxiety, this can generate behavioral disorders (licking sores, etc.). For more information, you can read our health sheet on this subject.
Do not hesitate to use, in anticipation, soothing pheromones for your cat or for your dog and an anti-stress nutritional supplement to help your companion to adapt better to all these changes from the start of the school year.
If after several days the anxiety of your dog or cat does not go away, you should consider a visit to your veterinarian, who can prescribe an treatment to help your partner manage their anxiety.
When back to school rhymes with moving
It is often during the summer or at the start of the school year that most of the moves take place. This rhymes with a change of living environment and territory which can affect the dog but especially the cat.
Indeed, we cannot predict how a cat will apprehend a move but it is still a question of source of anxiety for him. You will therefore have to act gently to avoid all the symptoms and all the unpleasant consequences of anxiety in cats (already mentioned above).
We therefore invite you to read our advice sheet on “moving and cats” in order to successfully manage this stress-free change of environment for your cat.