You may be aware of the benefits of using heat therapy on pets suffering from arthritis, which unfortunately is very common in an aging dog. But, you may not know that heat therapy can also be used to soothe man’s best friend when dealing with separation anxiety. If you have a pup that starts whining as soon as you shut the door then I am sure you have felt the guilt and the strong pull to head back inside to comfort him or her. Separation anxiety can be a serious issue considering that we all have to leave home. It can lead to all sorts of undesirable behavior issues such as urinating, defecating, barking, howling, or destroying your property.
When treating a dog with separation anxiety, the goal is to resolve the dog’s underlying anxiety by teaching him to enjoy, or at least tolerate, being left alone. Heat therapy can be an effective tool for dealing with the stress caused by separation anxiety. The stress caused by your pets anxiety can often produce physical changes, such as tightening of the muscles. Resting in a heated bed increases blood flow and allows the muscles to relax. Heat provides a soothing comfort for many pooches and is definitely worth a try.
A safe way to administer heat therapy to a pet is with a large Thermal-Aid sectional. It can be heated in the microwave and placed in your dogs bed before leaving the house. Thermal-Aid products are reusable and because they do not require electricity are a safe way to administer heat while you are away. You can also rest assured that the pads are 100% natural, made from a specially engineered corn. Unlike other natural packs, Thermal-Aid sectionals are washable, which allows you to use them repeatedly.
Although some of the destructive behaviors that dogs show while experiencing anxiety can be frustrating, do not scold or punish your dog. Anxious behaviors are not the result of disobedience or spite. They are a distress responses. If you punish him, he may become even more upset and the problem could get much worse. Show patience as you work towards finding a solution that will work for your pet.