Prepare Your Pets For a Back-To-Work Routine

New Normal For Pets is Shifting Again

(HOUSTON) June 18, 2020 – After spending months during the pandemic working from home, many pet owners are now preparing to make their way back to the office.  But before that happens, it’s essential to help pets get back to their former routine.  Dr. Dev, chief veterinarian at the Houston SPCA shares some tips for the transition:

  • Routine: Pets thrive on routine, so start leaving the house by yourself for short walks and errands without them, or take phone calls in another room where they can’t hear you.
  • Distractions: Get them engaging toys like a Kong stuffed with peanut butter to keep them busy while you are away.
  • Stay Calm: Reassure them before you leave the house with a confident voice. Animals can pick up on your stress.

If you recently adopted, your new pet’s routine may be having you 24/7, so here are a few additional tips to avoid separation anxiety and to develop a new routine:

  • Provide a safe place like a soft bed in a back room, or place a towel or t-shirt inside a crate with your scent.
  • Have some playtime just before you leave, so they are ready for a nap when it’s time to head out.
  • Practice your ‘workday’ routine before you go back to work, such as reading in another room, or talking on the phone away from your pet.
  • Watch for signs of stress, like using the bathroom inside, chewing up or destroying items in your home.

If you have any concerns, be sure to consult your veterinarian.


During COVID-19, cruelty investigations, 24-hour injured animal rescue ambulance, curbside adoptions, and wildlife rehabilitation continue to operate at normal.  To report cruelty, file an online report here: Online Animal Cruelty Report or call (713) 869-7722.  See an injured stray animal? Please call our 24-hour rescue ambulance at 713.880.HELP (4357).  Find injured wildlife? Visit the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas.

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