What are the effects of physical distancing on pets?
Lockdown can be a very exciting time for your pets. While working from home, take
advantage of this time to enjoy some extra cuddles, walks and playtime with your pets.
“Fresh air and exercise will likely alleviate some of the stress and anxiety that you may be feeling, while giving your dog some fun and exercise.”
While walking your pets make sure it is always on a lead and remain 2m away from other pets and their owners. Avoid crowded areas like dog parks and busy trails, but quiet neighbourhood streets and less- popular trails can give you an excellent opportunity to get outside for a long walk with your dog.
Lockdown with cats can be great fun, finding new ways for you to play with them indoors. Simple things we already have at home like cardboard boxes, balled up paper, wool etc provide a good source of entertainment for both you and your cat.
How do I protect my pets if I get sick?
Very little is known about the Covid-19 virus. It is best to restrict contact with pets and other animals as a precaution, until more information is known about the virus. Keep your cat indoors if possible, to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people. A good option would be to have another member of your household care for your pet while you are sick.
If you must provide care for your pet yourself, follow the recommendations published by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention:
– wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after any interaction with your pets; after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, or touching for your face
– avoid close contact with your pet (snuggling, kissing, or sleeping with your pet) and do not share food or sleep with your pet in your bed
– wear a mask—even a cloth mask—to help decrease droplet spread when coughing or sneezing
– clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
What if my pet needs veterinary care during this period of physical distancing?
Many veterinary clinics are adjusting their policies to reflect physical distancing guidelines related to COVID-19. If your pet needs veterinary care or to collect medication, prescription dog food etc, call your veterinary hospital ahead of time to be ready for you.
Above all stay safe and make use of this new normal with your furry friends.