what do I do about separation anxiety ?

@quita88 (3716)
United States
September 9, 2010 6:26pm CST
Hi, all. I am going to have surgery in a few days and will have to leave my two dogs and the oldest one will pout and maybe not even eat while I am in the hospital. The youngest one gets in my trash when I am gone. I know they are both experiencing separation anxiety. What can I do to make it better?
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@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
10 Sep 10
I hope your surgery will go well, and I wish you a speedy recovery. This way you'll be back with your girls soon. If any of your family members come home every day to feed the dogs, maybe he can bring them a used piece of cloth from you, so they'll know they're not abandoned. You should throw away the trash before you leave, and you have to make sure they have nothing to hurt themselves with. If you'll be away for a long time, check the fence to see if there aren't any holes, because the dogs could try to escape in order to find their masters. Don't worry about the food they eat, I'm sure they won't starve. I hope you'll come back with good news soon.
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@quita88 (3716)
• United States
10 Sep 10
These are all great ideas! I have had to leave the oldest dog before and she did pout and wouldn't eat but finally she had to.......now I have this young dog and she's not as attached to me yet but she does follow me these last few days along with the older dog so they know something is up. I will remember the trash! thank you for that reminding me of that. I know the fence is good and you are right, they might try the old gate that isn't very good so I will check that too. They will be fed and they are both fatter than toads so they will be fine. The family will feed them . I think I'm more concerned about me and my anxiety separation than the dogs ............I do so worry bout them. I will start a new discussion about my surgery when I get home to let everyone know I am ok and made it thru ok. Thanks for the advice and God bless.
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@Iequate2 (280)
• United States
11 Sep 10
Hello quita88, I know all will be fine, and wishing you a speedy recovery time and healing. Maybe you could have a loved one stop by frequently. Or, you could video tape a message for your dogs and play. Like sit or hi baby..lol. Please do not worry that adds stress. Your dogs will be fine, as long as someone stops in and checks on them. Let us know what how they did, after you heal. :)
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
11 Sep 10
Hi there, I think I have worried for nothing. My neighbor boy has been coming over and walking these dogs and they are doing fine. I will call home while in the hospital and try to talk to the dogs over the phone:) I think they will be fine.......it's me that is a problem :) Thanks for the interest and concern tho.. hugs, quita
@Iequate2 (280)
• United States
11 Sep 10
Hello quita88, I understand. I would be the same way. Everthything will be fine. Hugs to you too. Chat again soon. :)
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
10 Sep 10
talk to them let them know whats going on and if you can talk to them on the pone when you are in the hospital! Dogs are smart an I do beleive they understand at times like these
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
10 Sep 10
HI Lakota. I have been talking to them. They know I'm gonna be gone too. They are both following me around from room to room and watching everything I do. Galeena likes to ride in the car and I've been taking her if I can. You know how much these dogs mean to me and I will try to talk to them on the phone:) I know they know and I am taking every precaution I can. These members are being really great about ideas. As you know I'll be gone next Friday and will not be back for about a week. Thanks for the info and I will be talking to you. hugsssssssss
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
18 Sep 10
I know that you are in Hospital by now, what I did with Gissi was leave him an Item of my clothing that I had worn he still was upset but took solace by sleeping with this Item Big Hugs and get better soon
@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Sep 10
hi quita good luck and God bless on your surgery. I am thinking maybe your son come take a few minutes each day to love them up a bit so they will not miss you quite so much. I know they both want to be there with you but it would not take that long sureley then they will see a familiar face and that should really help. Thats the only suggestion I can think of. Do you have any videos with your voice on it that your neigbors could play for them occasionally as that might help too.I send my prayers for your surgery and your wonderful dogs too.God Bless.