Lockdown Tips for your Pet from VetsDirect

The nation is in lockdown due to Covid 19 and as we start to find that social distancing and working from home become a necessary part of our lives our Registered Vet Nurses have some tips on how best to look after our pets in these unprecedented times. 

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As the country continues to try and carry on, the need to adapt and work from home is a must for much us. Many benefits of this have been seen both for the owner and the pet with the constant company and interaction helping to reduce stress and anxieties. Like owners, our pets are used to their ‘normal’ routine so try to keep mealtimes and the main walks for dogs the same as usual. Keep in mind that cats are opportunistic feeders so don’t be fooled by the starving looks they will be giving you at least 14 times a day!

With the restrictions in place during lockdown try introducing some activities and exercise to your pet’s routine. Mental stimulation may entertain your pet helping to keep them occupied and break up the day. Try a food hiding game using a cardboard box or maybe a Kong to replace a normal treat and make it last longer.

Consider introducing a new trick or game of hide the toy to encourage interaction and exercise. Hide treats around the house or in the garden to help stimulate your pet. Podcasts for pets can help relax and calm them and there are now TV channels dedicated to cats and dogs, which may help during busy working days.

There is no evidence to suggest that we can catch the virus from our pets or pass it on to them. We should continue to maintain good hand hygiene before and after playing with them and try to keep your distance from them if you are showing any symptoms. As the restrictions on exercise being restricted to one hour has now been lifted you can ensure that your dog is getting all of the exercise that he or she needs, just remember when you are out  that you are practicing social distancing and politely request that people do not stop to stroke your dog.

Cats can go out and about as usual. If you are self-isolating or showing any symptoms, then you should only walk your dog in your garden or very close to your house and perhaps consider if there is someone you could ask to help. It is sensible to ensure you have enough food to last for two weeks at a time but please don’t stockpile.

If your pet becomes unwell at home over the next few months please consider calling the 24 Hour Vet Helpline before calling your vet. Vet clinics will only be dealing with real emergencies and therefore may not be able to see your pet but we can offer professional advice 24 hours a day.

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