Easing Your Pet's Separation Anxiety

How to help your pet as the kids go back to school. 

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Doggie Downer


Your kids aren’t the only ones howling about going back to school. According to veterinary behaviorist Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, nearly 20% of the nation’s 80 million dogs have separation anxiety. After a summer filled with ample attention, your pup can be bummed to see his besties leave in the morning.

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Dog Toy 1


Put your pooch’s problem solving to the test with the Kyjen Doggy Blocks Spinner. You insert treats into the eight chambers, and your pup uses his canine capabilities to remove the blocks and spin the top to reap the rewards. Petco.com, $15

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Dog Toy 2


Keep your favorite feline on her paws with the Petstages Laser Fun Cat Toy. Kitty will be plenty active and entertained as she chases around the interactive laser beam, which shoots red light across the floor. Petco.com, $6

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Dog Toy 3


The wheels on this bus actually do go round and round. The CritterTrail Off to School carrier, suitable for hamsters, gerbils and other small animals, has a food dish, a rooftop water bottle and ample air vents. Your fur ball may never want to get off. Petco.com, $24 

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