Article By Aurora James
While dogs don’t appear to be at risk of contracting COVID-19, the pandemic can still present some challenges to pet owners and their furry friends. Can your pet bring the virus into your home? What if you become ill and unable to care for them? If your pet gets hurt, is it safe to bring them to the vet right now? To avoid these complicated issues, take steps to help your dog practice social distancing and stay as healthy as possible during this uncertain time.
Keep Your Pets Safe
Avoiding accidents and illness will help you avoid emergency vet visits so you can stay home.
- Keep your pets away from household hazards like cables, appliances, and cleaning chemicals.
- Don’t forget some common people foods—like chocolate—are toxic to dogs.
- Leash your dog during walks to prevent them from getting into danger.
- If you need to visit your vet, call ahead to ask about any policy or procedure changes.
Exercise Your Dog Safely
Even as we’re now able to venture out of our homes, it’s important to be vigilant when leaving the house for pet-friendly exercise.
- You can still train your pup through web sessions with Hairy Tales Training.
- Regular exercise is important for controlling your pet’s weight and reducing destructive behaviors.
- Some pet owners might want to avoid visiting dog parks.
- Stick to unpopulated trails and walking routes.
- If you run into strangers on your walk, ask them not to pet your dog.
Clean and Sanitize Your Home
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your home, get in the habit of cleaning as often as possible.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after petting your dog or returning from a walk.
- Keep the coronavirus away by wiping down high-touch areas frequently.
- Consider hiring a professional to give your home a deep cleaning.
- A professional upholstery cleaner can remove stubborn stains from your furniture.
Plan for the Unexpected
Make sure you have the resources you need to care for your pet if you have to self-isolate at home or become hospitalized.
- Stock up on at least a two-week supply of dog food and medications!
- Set up a plan with a friend, family member, or neighbor to care for your pet if you get sick.
- Write out detailed pet care notes in case you have to leave your pet with a sitter.
The coronavirus has been hard on us humans, but if you’re home more than usual right now, your pets are likely enjoying the extra attention. These steps will protect you and your loved ones—including furry family members!
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