Pets News

As you return to the office, learn about your pet’s separation anxiety

Dallas – Nic Carmona and Melissa Rodriguez’s pet dog Luna is like a daughter to the young married couple.

They took her into their Dallas home last December, when she was a four-month-old puppy. She’s a Texas Heeler — a cross between an Australian Shepherd and Australian Cattle Dog — a smart, curious dog with lots of energy.

In the first several months, Luna never left the side of the couple. “We always had our eye on her,” Carmona said, “and she had her eyes on us every moment of the day.”

Now, like much of the U.S. workforce, Carmona and Rodriguez are returning to the office. Rodriguez, 32, an architect, works at her firm three days a week, while Carmona, 30, a health care administrator, is in the office as many as five.

Instead of spending all day with her owners, Luna now spends eight to 12 hours of the day at home by herself. Her owners worry she’s showing signs of separation anxiety.

Common symptoms of this anxiety include destroying household items, being excessively vocal and defecating and urinating around the home. Excessive salivation, loss of appetite and harming themselves are other possible signs.