Species affected: Cats, Dogs
Background: A condition of anxiety experienced when the animal is left alone. There may be self-mutilation, excessive vocalization, household destruction, and inappropriate elimination.
Symptoms: May include panting, salivating, rapid breathing and heart rate.
Diagnostics: Many through history.
Special Notes: Aggravating factors include the sudden departure of the owner(s), exaggerated departing rituals that magnify the emotional effects of the abandonment, and confinement. Some dogs may sense the owner's anxiety, complicating the problem.
Principles for Supplementation: The condition responds well to behavior training and desensitization; pharmaceutical and herbal anxiolytics ease the process.