How to Take Care of Pets this Pandemic
One of the most affected ones this Pandemic is our pets. The anxiety of trying to stay safe through the COVID-19 pandemic is not reserved only for the human’s enduring stay-at-home orders and social isolation.
Even if your companion animal stays inside the house all the time, a shelter in place will likely affect your pet in various ways. First of all, your pet’s routine is likely to be interrupted simply because family members are now home all day, which may cause them to become stressed.
Pets might be anxious, too – at the same time, most are probably glad their owners are home all day, every day. Even good change can be hard for domestic animals to adjust to.
“The risk to animals is very low, and the risk from animals to people is even lower.”
But this does not mean that we will not take care of them. Today, we’ve listed a few tips to help you take care of your pets this pandemic.
Ensure adequate pet-care supply
Pet owners should have enough food, supplements, medications, and any other pet-care products needed to last pets at least two weeks and, ideally, four weeks.
Have a contingency plan
Identify someone who can take care of the pets in the event you no longer can. Be sure to inform them of any special care your pet requires. When it comes to medication, provide specific and detailed directions about dosing and administration.
Find indoor games to help pets exercise
It’s important to engage pets physically and mentally while indoors. Consider playing “keep away,” get pets to chase laser pointers, call dogs back and forth through the house with treats, blow bubbles for them to chase, play hide and seek or purchase puzzle toys for them.
Pet owners can also encourage dogs to forage for food, set up an indoor agility course, and play “find the toy or treat.”
Make an indoor or backyard potty
Having a stash of pee pads in the house may prove useful, if you and your dog don’t want to go outdoors. Also, consider making a potty for your dog in the backyard by bordering off an area of the yard.
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