Veterinarian gives pet owners tips to easing pet stress when you return to work

Posted at 5:11 PM, May 10, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. — As the state of Florida continues to slowly rebound, the one group that may not enjoy the back to work routine are your pets.

For weeks, pets may have got used to the more than three walks a day.

Veterinarian Dr. Andy Sokol said the best thing to do to help them readjust is to keep up with their routine pre-pandemic.

"Once a day, find a certain chewy that they really like. Such as a rawhide bone or a ball that dispenses treats, but something that will occupy their time and put them in their own room and shut the door and give them 10 or 15 minutes with that treat," Dr. Sokol said.

Dr. Sokol recommends doing that once a day.

If your pet is destroying items in the home when you return to work you may want to look at other alternatives.

"If the dog becomes destructive or becomes a bigger problem you may need to consult your veterinarian and talk about some sort of anxiety medication which is very common," Dr. Sokol said.

When it comes to cats, Dr. Sokol said they generally don't mind whether you're coming or going.