The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the daily lives and routines of people everywhere – and it’s been stressful for our pets, too!

A black dog looks out a window

As people start to return to work and their “normal” lives, pets may become confused and stressed

First, our pets had to adapt to their families suddenly being home much more often. Not only that, but people started to look different, too, as face masks became a part of our new normal. Dogs and cats had no idea why we were suddenly donning these pieces of fabric on our faces – and confusion can be incredibly stressful for animals!

Pets have grown accustomed to having their families at home around the clock. Now, we’re going to disrupt their sense of normalcy again, as we return to a schedule of going to work, social outings, and other pre-pandemic activities.

Dr. Ava Frick, Veterinary Medical Director for EPI, Inc., notes that this change will be a sharp contrast for our pets. They “go from a lot of attention to none. Why would you not want the ice cream wagon to stay in the driveway? Or your best friend to have that sleepover?” In other words, our pets enjoyed the constant companionship; the sudden shift is likely to be distressing.

The American Veterinary Association recommends the following steps to help minimize stress and anxiety in pets as we return to normal:

  • Begin to slowly change over to your new routine, with regular waking, feeding, and walking times
  • Practice leaving the house for shorter periods, and gradually extend how long you are gone
  • Make sure to engage your pet in physical activity before you leave the house
  • Stay calm when leaving and returning, and do not punish your pet for displaying signs of anxiety
  • Keep your home well-stocked with treats, toys, and other distractions to keep your pet occupied

If these steps aren’t enough, there are other ways to make your pet feel better – and you don’t have to turn to medications and their side effects.

A cat received Alpha-Stim treatment

Alpha-Stim quickly brings a sense of calm to anxious pets.

Alpha-Stim® is an FDA cleared medical device that is clinically proven to safely and effectively treat anxiety, stress, and depression in animals. Two electrodes clip onto your pet’s earlobes and transmit a tiny, painless current of electricity. Alpha-Stim’s patented waveform restores balance to the brain, making your pets feel better, fast.

Treatments take just 20 minutes, but relief is long lasting and often immediate. And since Alpha-Stim is not a drug, there is no risk of overuse; you can conduct a treatment whenever your pet needs help calming down (it’s great for anxiety caused by thunderstorms and fireworks, too!)

Alpha-Stim is backed by decades of experience and more than 100 clinical research studies. It’s easy to use in the comfort of your own home, and safe to use in conjunction with any other treatment modalities your pet may need.

You’ve likely experienced your share of stress and anxiety because of the COVID-19 pandemic; it’s important to remember that your pet may be struggling, too. Fortunately, you can help them to feel better, even as you return to a more normal lifestyle. Get started with Alpha-Stim today, and watch your pet’s stress melt away!

About Alpha-Stim® For Animals

Alpha-Stim is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device that has been proven time and again to effectively treat acute, post traumatic, and chronic pain, as well as anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) is delivered through a patented waveform via two earclip electrodes to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) delivers pain relief directly to the source of an animal’s discomfort via two handheld Smart Probes.

The effectiveness of Alpha-Stim is backed by over 100 independent clinical research studies. It is the most popular medical device used at home in the treatment and elimination of pain, anxiety, and stress-related disorders in animals. Alpha-Stim is recommended and relied upon by Dr. Ava Frick, the leading authority in veterinary microcurrent therapy.

Alpha-Stim is easy to use at home or in clinic, and treatments last mere minutes. Relief is long lasting and often immediate, and results are cumulative – unlike with medications, your patients will require fewer and fewer treatments over time. Alpha-Stim is available by prescription in the United States and over-the-counter in other countries. To offer Alpha-Stim therapy at your veterinary practice, click here to buy now!