Owning a pet sounds amazing to animal lovers, but the responsibilities of adopting and taking care of its health can be daunting. Dog pets may live up to 8-11 years, while the average lifespan of cats is around 15 years. It takes commitment and dedication to keep such animals as pets. Because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, some pet parents are having a hard time taking good care of their animal companions. So, how do you best take care of your pet during the pandemic? Here is an actionable guide with the best pet-care tips to keep your pet active and healthy…
- Nutrition and hydration
The nutritional requirements of your pet aren’t very different from what you need as a human. Therefore, pet owners need to serve their domestic animals with highly nutritious food. As you stay safe with your pet at home, consider feeding them regularly to boost their health during the pandemic. To ensure that disruptions in the feed supply chain do not impact your pets, consider stocking up on one or two months’ supply of pet food. In scorching summer months, hydrate their systems with clean water, and consult your vet if you notice that their regular food supply is running out. If you keep a dog, your vet may recommend you use alternatives like wet food options and specialist food for mature dogs.
Regular vaccination is one of the vital things you can do for your pet. The Coronavirus has switched vet consultations to digital platforms, and to avoid travelling with your pet, you can call and book an appointment with vets to visit your home and vaccinate your pet. Expert veterinarians can attend to your pets’ health issues and also provide you with essential medicines for their care. Keep track of your pet’s deworming and vaccination history as vaccines protect your lovely pet from contracting contagious diseases. They also boost the overall quality of your pet.
- Allow your pet to exercise
Pets risk becoming obese if they don’t stay physically active. That means you must ensure that even during a pandemic, your animal friend is getting enough exercise, depending on their needs. Schedule some time for your pet to keep fit every day. For example, dogs need to walk or run; how much depends on the breed. Hamsters, on the other hand, can use exercise balls to keep themselves active. Before you take your pet through any exercise, always research what routine best suits their life.
- Practice proper hand hygiene
The W.H.O has not confirmed that pets can get COVID-19. But while animals may not contribute to the spread of the coronavirus, pet owners still need to practice maximum hand hygiene. If droplets from infected people get into contact with your pet, they may transmit the virus to humans. So, in the meantime, you may want to ensure that your dog doesn’t interact with strangers. Always remember to sanitize your hands after grooming or touching your pets. You can also wash your hands with medicated soap after returning from a walking session.
Pets can prove very beneficial for human well-being. However, it’s the core responsibility of the pet parent to cater to your pet’s needs medically, nutritionally, physically, and socially to reap such benefits.