Pets suf­fer­ing from bore­dom on the rise

Central Queensland News - - NEWS -

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.”

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