22435 State Rte. 51, Genoa, OH 43430
419-855-3036 419-855-3036

Clinic Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM- Noon
Sun: Closed

Address
22435 State Rte. 51
Genoa, OH 43430
Email: owensark@live.com

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Owen's Ark Veterinary Clinic is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Genoa, Ohio. Our professional and courteous staff seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for our highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting...Read More

 

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Kids Headed Back to School? Watch Your Pet for Signs of Separation Anxiety

8/1/2017
It’s August, and that means millions of kids go back to school either this month or by early September. After a long summer together that was probably more unstructured than the school year, both your kids and pets might not be ready for the change. While your children can express their anxious feelings, your pets can’t do the same. Don’t feel surprised if your dog or cat expresses longing for his young friends in a variety of ways. The most common signs of separation anxiety include:
  • Destructive chewing
  • Howling by dogs and loud vocalizations for cats
  • Lack of appetite
  • Pacing
  • Soiling in the house
  • Trying to escape the yard to run after your children
Cats may also groom themselves excessively to the point of causing bald spots. While dogs tend to become more aggressive when feeling anxious, cats may hide and show more fearful behavior.
 
Distract Your Pet When Your Children Leave
Distraction is a useful tool in helping to keep your pet’s mind off her friend who has gone to school. For dogs, try filling a Kong with peanut butter or another favorite treat that she must work to uncover. A catnip-filled mouse will help distract your cat from what’s taking place at the front door. If other people are home, someone should interact with the pet while your children leave to catch the bus. If everyone leaves the house at the same time, be sure that your dog or cat gets plenty of attention from at least one person.
 
Provide a Stimulating Environment When Your Pet is Home Alone
Be sure to rotate your pet’s toys frequently if he must be alone for long periods. The toys will be a novelty and help him feel less lonely. Dogs love any chew toy and need a comfortable place to sleep for naps. Your cat should have scratching posts, one or more perches to look out the window, hiding places, and toys as well. Leaving soft music on in the background while your family is away can help to calm anxiety also.
 
Both dogs and cats have a strong sense of smell and associate different aromas with their human family. It can be a comfort to your pet to leave something out that your children wear or use often as it will contain their unique human scent.
 
Make Sure Your Pet Gets Plenty of Attention
Your pet will adjust to the back-to-school change more quickly if everyone in the family gives her several minutes of undivided attention when they are home. This reassures her that she’s still an important part of the family and that no one has forgotten about her. Be sure to include your pet in family activities whenever possible.
 
Schedule an Appointment with Us if Your Pet’s Anxiety Persists
Some pets have a more difficult time with schedule changes than others. If you have tried these tips and your dog or cat remains highly anxious, request an appointment at Owen's Ark Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Our veterinarians can provide you with additional ideas, such as full or part-time doggy daycare for dogs. In severe cases, a veterinarian can prescribe anti-anxiety medication that you can get from our online store. 
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~What Our Clients Say~

  • Only place we would take our kitties. Dr. Kelly and staff you are the best♡ Thanks for caring!

    SD~ client and Facebook user
  • Owen's Ark is the best vet around. The vets and staff go out of their way to be helpful and friendly. Have gone there for over 25 years and won't go anywhere else.

    P.W. - Facebook user
  • The staff at the office is so caring and makes us feel like family! They are amazing with our fur babies and always take the time to answer all of our questions! Thank you!!

    J.M. - Facebook user
  • Amazing care and understanding with a very hard to deal with cat owner, my father. Whitey received fantastic care and the staff was great with my father. He's hard to deal with at times due to dementia.

    I'm new to the area, but if you need veterinary care, this is the place to come!

    Thanks ladies!

    RC~ client and Facebook user
  • Very nice people I am glad I chose to take my pup to them.

    JR~ Client and Facebook user
  • The staff at the office is so caring and makes us feel like family! They are amazing with our fur babies and always take the time to answer all of our questions! Thank you!!

    JM~ Facebook user
  • Take great care of your animals. And they love every animal that comes in.

    JW~ Facebook user