New Stay-At-Home Norm Could Impact Pet Anxiety


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's not just humans who are having their schedules disrupted due to widespread stay-at-home orders. The new norm of people staying home also translates into more attention for pets.

According to Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, head of Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, some animals love it, others not as much.

"For many pets its 100 percent wonderful," Dr. Borns-Weil told WBZ NewsRadio. However, she said "most of our cats and dogs are actually used to having a little bit of downtime during the day."

There are several steps pet-parents can take to give their four-legged friends some sense of a daily schedule, and prevent possible separation distress when life eventually returns to normal.

"Keeping a routine, meals at meal time, walks at walk time, play at play time, can help them maintain an even keel that can help them transition back," said Dr. Borns-Weil.

WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports:

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