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Q. Can my dog die from separation anxiety if left alone for the day? my husband is having surgery and i'm afraid to leave her alone.

A. Unless she has other underlying issues such as a heart condition she is unlikely to die but some pets can injure themselves if very anxious. It may be worthwhile to see if your local kennels or vets office would be able to board her for the day if there are no neighbors that could supervise her

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LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA

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A. Your dog will not die from separation anxiety, but she may do some damage to the house if she is not used to being by herself for periods of time. Is there a neighbor or family member who can look in on her and perhaps take her for a walk during the day? Or is there a friend with whom you can leave her while you are at the hospital? You should get her accustomed to staying by herself once this situation is over. I am available for consult to help with this--just click on the link on my profile page.

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BETTE ISACOFF

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