What should and should not be done for parents of pets in the time of Covid-19

Are there things to keep in mind as a pet owner during the ongoing pandemic? NIf you thought the Covid-19 scare rules belong to you, and not your pets, think again. A dog or cat is a valuable member of the household, so there must be a protocol to ensure that everyone, including your pet, is kept not only safe, but happy so that we are all well on the other side. of the situation. Here is a checklist of some of the things you should do, and some things you should not do, when it comes to the health and safety of your household pets during the ongoing pandemic.

You MUST spend as much time as you want with your cats, dogs, or any other species of animal you may have at home as a pet. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that there is no evidence to support the claim that animals can inherit or transmit this virus, so there is no danger of being around your pets.

You MUST have a disinfection protocol for your pets, especially when they return home after walking outside their premises. This is not so much for the safety of your pets as for you. If they detect infected spores, saliva, or any other contamination the virus carries, it can be transferred to you or your family, making you vulnerable to the health threat posed by the virus. I recommend that you keep a little bit of sanitizer on hand so you can clean your pet's paws and brush their fur well, so it's safe to be indoors with you. As the weather gets more hospitable, I also recommend that you bathe your dogs more frequently and be sure to disinfect yourself for protection once you're done.

CHECK with your pet's vet over the phone to learn about your pet's standard health issues. Obviously, visiting the vet's clinic is not feasible for you at this time, unless there is an emergency. But keeping in touch with a medical professional for unusual behavior or health symptoms is a good idea because your pet may be confined to confined spaces for longer periods of time, making them impatient or restless.

DO interact with any stray dog ​​that may depend on you for food. As I said, the animal itself cannot transmit the virus through its saliva, but if it had collected pollutants from the street, it should be kept at a slight distance from the animal when feeding it. These homeless animals need your support more than ever before, as the blockade may have affected their access to leftovers from restaurants or public landfills. As an animal lover, I suggest you do your part for the stray dog ​​population while following safety guidelines for yourself, such as putting on a mask, using disinfectant after touching a dog, and bathing after you get home. Ignore your pet's requirements for daily exercise just because everyone is trapped at home. The blockage lasts a few weeks, the health of your animal could suffer if it does not receive adequate sunlight and exercise. So, play chase games with your dog, which could keep both of them active, create an obstacle course indoors so they can walk again and again, enjoy rigorous tug-of-war game, or any other activity in fighting during the day so that your pet is not sedentary for long periods of time.

DO NOT allow your pets to overeat at this time. This is especially true for labrador retrievers and weight retrievers who are easily overweight due to poor exercise in urban homes. If for some reason your pet likes to hang out with sad eyes around the table, begging for the leftovers on your plate, the shutdown has given us time to tame those pets. Start those dogs with a polite but firm rules command. Let them know in no uncertain terms that they cannot expect food other than their own meal times when their meals will be distributed in fixed portions. This also means that you shouldn't allow your pet those indulgent snacks that you may be throwing as a gift every now and then.

DO NOT allow your pets to play with other people's pets. Yes, they cannot get sick or transmit the virus by being around another person's pet, but they can definitely be involuntary carriers if they end up carrying any contamination on their physical body such as their skin, nails or paws. Let them spend some quality time with you for a change, and you can even use this free time not only to match, but also to increase your IQ with tricks and other skills. They can re-socialize with other animals once the confinement is lifted, as animal-to-animal socialization is vital to any pet's long-term mental health.

Devanshi Shah's contributions to PetKonnect

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