PET CARE TIPS DURING COVID-19
With the world focused on Covid-19, Fear and uncertainty has left many animal owners anxious about what it means for their beloved furry companions. According to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, dogs can’t catch or transmit Covid-19 but this does not remove the possibility that their fur could carry the virus the same way a lift button or a door handle does. Therefore, it is essential to understand how you can keep your pets and yourself safe and healthy during this pandemic.
Just like people, animals need routine. With more family members in the house than usual, and for longer periods, it is essential to create a daily routine that everyone is comfortable with. These new habits will give your pet some much-needed structure and will also help break up the day for family members who are working or studying from home.
The only part of your pet’s daily routine that should stay the same are meal times. Portion sizes for dog,should be reduced. Not only are we more prone to snack when we’re at home and boredom strikes, it is also tempting to overfeed our pets and give them treats during the day. However, overfeeding your pet can lead to long-term health problems such as obesity, especially when their exercise has been reduced.
Keep up with your pets mental agility, perhaps teach them some new tricks, carve out extra time to play with them during the day or invest in toys specially designed to keep them busy. Once restrictions on leaving your home are lifted, extra steps must be taken when going on daily walks, particularly while we are following social distancing guidelines.
If you happen to come across fellow dog walkers or passers-by during your walk, politely decline requests for them to stroke your dog. Also, avoid petting dogs other than your own. When you return home, you should clean your dog’s paws and fur with animal-friendly wipes to further reduce the risk of bringing germs into your home.
Keep up hygienic measures you would usually take when handling your pets, as well as following the guidelines that have been set up by WHO. Wash your hands with soap or use an anti-bacterial hand sanitiser, especially after spending time with your pet and before handling food.
Ticks are such annoying little creatures, but far more significant than the nuisance factor is their ability to spread disease. Ticks that embed in a dog’s skin can transmit a variety of serious and even life threatening infectious diseases, with the season fast approaching Ticks prefer areas with dense vegetation. Much of their time is spent on the ground, but they are adept at crawling up to the tips of shrubs and grasses. This vantage point enhances their ability to successfully leap onto an animal passing by. Best to avoid exposing your dog to such shrubby and grassy areas, particularly during peak tick season. Talk with your veterinarian about which tick prevention products make the most sense for your dog.