Ask the vet: a case of the blues

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

Got a curly problem with your favourite pooch? Is your cat being too catty?

While animals can bring much joy into our lives, they are not always problem free. If there is an animal issue that you need help to solve, send your question to via RACQ to the Animal Welfare League Queensland experts, to find the answer.

A case of the blues

We recently adopted a two-year-old boxer from the AWLQ where he had been surrendered after coming from a two-dog household.

Diesel is now our only dog, as we are not in the position to home two and has grown very close to us, but, we believe he suffers from separation anxiety when we leave.

Neighbours have informed us that he often whines and sometimes barks while we are away and has many of the other symptoms associated with separation anxiety.

Is there any cure for this and what should be our next course of action to help him and appease our neighbours?

AWLQ Experts say

Separation anxiety is a complex issue and we offer a lot of supporting material on our website: my dog has separation anxiety.

It is best dealt with by a professional dog trainer and / or a behaviourist, who will be able to assist you with a management plan and coping strategies. Doggy Day Care is also an option.

On a roll

Our cat’s litter tray is positioned next to the toilet in the bathroom. Recently, in addition to covering his ‘business’ with litter, Dexter has started unravelling the toilet roll to cover it with paper as well. He’s only started doing this in the last six months. Why?

AWLQ Experts say

A few possible scenarios may present here. One scenario might be that there is not enough litter in the tray, so perhaps check this.

It could also be self-rewarding behaviour – whereby it’s simply become a playful thing to do.

We suggest moving the litter tray further away from the toilet and providing other more suitable types of enrichment toys for him to play with.

Visit our website for further assistance.

What’s your question?

Send your pet questions to and Animal Welfare League Queensland‘s experts will provide the answers. Letters will not receive an individual reply and should be no more than 120 words.

AWLQ work with local councils, state government, rescue groups and the community to improve the outcomes for stray and surrendered pets.