Pets suffering from boredom on the rise
AS OUR lives get busier, our pets at home start to get bored and this is something that can no longer be ignored.
Sadly, many people do not understand the impact that boredom can have on their pets.
According to Dr Angela Sutherland of Maraboon Veterinary Surgery, boredom is one of the leading causes of behavioural difficulties in pets.
“It can range from mild digging, barking or chewing behaviours all the way to life-threatening escaping from yards,” Dr Sutherland said.
“Boredom in dogs has the same effect as it does on people, it leads us to look for outlets for our boredom.
“It can lead to anxiety, lethargy, depression and destructive behaviours in certain situations.”
Dr Sutherland said she sees numerous cases of pets with behavioural concerns, ranging from mild to severe, and the numbers are rising.
“Active breeds may enjoy walks, runs, games, doggy day care, whereas other breeds require more cuddling and affection to meet their needs,” she said.
“Learn about your pet’s breed. Recognising even within their breed your own individual pet’s requirements and making adjustments to meet your beloved pet’s needs will enrich both your lives and strengthen the bond between you.
“Research is key to selecting your new breed of dog.”