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Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

Does your canine pal spend time home alone while you’re at work? If so, he’s certainly not the only one. Some dogs cope very well with being left alone, while others get anxious and depressed when their human buddies are away. A Cherry Hill, NJ veterinarian discusses leaving Fido home by himself in this article.

Toys

Offer your four-legged friend plenty of fun toys to play with while you are out. Be sure to choose toys that are appropriate for your dog’s size. You’ll also want to inspect Fido’s toys regularly, and discard anything that looks worn.

Puppyproofing

Our canine buddies have a curious streak. They also really, really, really love food. Put these things together, and you have a pet who likes to investigate things by, well, eating them. This can be very dangerous! Do some basic puppyproofing to make sure that your home is safe for your dog. Remove, protect, or secure toxic plants; household chemicals; ropes and cords; medications; and plastic bags, wrappers, and ties. You’ll also want to keep small objects, such as buttons, pen caps, and lipstick, away from Fido. Ask your vet for more information.

Comfort

Make sure your pooch has plenty of food and water, and a comfy bed. A good window view won’t hurt, either. If you won’t be home before nightfall, leave a light on, so Fido isn’t left alone in a dark house. It’s also a good idea to keep a radio or TV on: the sound of music and voices can help keep your faithful friend from feeling lonely. Keep your home at a comfortable temperature while you’re out.

Exercise

Take Fido for a vigorous walk before you leave, and if you can, indulge him with a fun round of fetch. That morning exercise will burn off some of your furry friend’s excess energy, so that afterwards, he’ll be calmer and, hopefully, ready for a nice long nap.

Doggy Day Care

Doggy day care is gaining in popularity, and can be very beneficial. Fido can spend the day running and playing with his friends. When you pick him up, he’ll be tired, and ready for some quiet cuddle time. Just be sure to choose a reputable place. Ask your vet for more information.

Is your pet due for a veterinary exam? Contact us, your Cherry Hill, NJ animal clinic, today! We’re happy to help!

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