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Is Back-To-School Season Worrying Your Pet? Follow These Helpful Tips!

Written by: Molly Weinfurter
Molly Weinfurter is a writer for iHeartDogs, and she’s passionate about helping animals in need. She volunteers for Bailing Out Benji and a local dog rescue.Read more
| Published on September 7, 2023

When family members return to school at the end of summer, your dog may feel confused and lonely. There’s plenty of time for humans to prepare for the change in routine, but dogs often have no idea what’s going on. Even though dogs can’t speak the same language as us, there are still ways we can help them feel comfortable with summer ending.

Mars Petcare’s IAMS Brand conducted a survey on pet behaviors during the back-to-school season. The popular dog food company found that 73% of pet parents notice at least one unwanted behavior in their dogs when kids return to school. Also, over one in three pet parents see dog weight gain once the school year starts.

Dog nervous about back to school

Luckily, you can prevent these issues from happening year after year. IAMS partnered with Dr. Laura Robinson, DVM, and Jessa Paschke, pet behavior consultant for Mars Petcare, to share tips on how you can keep your pet happy and healthy this back-to-school season.

Here are Some of the Most Important Back to School Tips for Pet Parents:

IAMS Back to School Tips

Unfortunately, more than one in three pet parents don’t think about preparing their pets for the change in routine once school starts. But doing so can help the transition go better for everyone in your household, pets included.

By following the above tips, you can set your dog up for success by reducing their anxiety and keeping them active. With a gradual transition, your furry friend will become more comfortable with their new routine. For more details, you can check out the IAMS press release.

About IAMS

IAMS is a brand known for providing high-quality food to dogs and cats. They offer nutritional solutions for dogs of all sizes, breeds, and life stages. IAMS believes that the right diet is necessary in supporting immunity, maintaining muscles, and promoting healthy digestion in pets. The brand cares about pet health beyond just the food they sell, so they offer more information about back to school tips on their website.

Girl leaving dog for school

Back-to-school season can be an exciting and/or emotional time for everyone, but don’t forget about your furry friends. Dogs can’t understand why things are changing like humans can, so it’s up to us to make sure our pets are comfortable with the new routine. Hopefully, the back to school tips provided by IAMS can keep your canine companion safe and content this school year.

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