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Separation Anxiety and diarrhea
Can separation anxiety trigger diarrhea?
This week I have been trying to leave our puppy at home twice a day when I drop off and pick up my kids from school in the next town. It’s about 30 minutes. He has separation anxiety and is fearful, not destructive. Many of his separation behaviors had improved, but I may have pushed the length of time too fast in an effort to start leaving him for more frequent, short periods. During practice he tolerates about 20 minutes before he starts crying, but he still isn’t distracted by any toys or treats so I’m not even sure if waiting quietly right by the door for 20 minutes really constitutes “tolerating” separation.
The separation stuff I see as long term, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear we’re making all kinds of mistakes. I’m wondering if separation anxiety can cause diarrhea because of the timing. He’s had diarrhea each day this week, but he’s also had normal poop, too. Twice half of his poop was normal and the second half was diarrhea! I’m taking him to the vet this afternoon, but I’m just wondering if anyone else has experienced this, or if it’s just a coincidence.
He’s also needed his anal glands expressed 3 times, but I’m not sure if that constitutes an anal gland “problem.” The last time they were expressed because he was scooting was only about a week ago, so I’m pretty sure they aren’t full.
He’s only pooped once while I’ve been gone, and it was right next to the indoor potty so I don’t really consider that an accident - I really think his aim just missed. He’s also peed on the indoor potty multiple times while I’ve been gone, no pee accidents while he was alone. Last night I mentioned to my husband that he does seem to have more frequent small pees lately, but then this morning he peed a lake on the hard floor when one of my kids closed the wrong baby gate during breakfast and he couldn’t get to the potty. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much pee, actually, we all thought someone spilled something at first.
Any insight would be helpful!