Pets & Pandemic – Tips To Plan In Advance
If you have been reading the coronavirus news and going through the Facebook timeline, you have been a sufferer yourself. Whether it is about you, your family members, and especially your furry friend without whom you cannot live, this post is for you.
While the year has been a challenging one, this might be the rain-like way out you have been expecting for a long time. As a pet parent, you may think about specific ways to help your pals out. However, there are many things you need to keep in mind. The deadly virus that infiltrated our lives in early 2020 has been all about bad news and increasing numbers of deaths worldwide. But, with time, many things have alleviated, and scientists and researchers have laid down a foundation of solutions and tips that we need to incorporate into our diet and lifestyle. It goes the same with pets.
It is understood to feel a little left out and confused about the entire scenario. The sound pieces of news are that the fatality rate and figures are about to go down, with more mild cases coming to light. As a result, even if you do not want to shake hands with your mailman right now, consider giving your dog a huge ol’ snuggle to comfort yourself for the entire week. To top it all, even government and health officials have said that the best anyone can do right now is to keep ourselves away from any sort of panic, practice social distancing, proper hygiene, and prepare beforehand.
Moreover, in the case of the novel coronavirus, one does not have to stock-pile everything. Instead, look for specific things. However, when it comes to pets and their essentials, you need to stock some items that may be pivotal for the pet. Having extras by your side while you are home quarantined can do wonders. Here is a list of what you need to buy for your pets with coronavirus looming large on the horizon.
Two-week supply of water and food
It’s ideal to have a minimum of one extra bag of pet food with you in case of any sort of emergency. But, when it comes to the pandemic, there are essential things to consider. Because of factories and businesses worldwide temporarily shutting down thanks to the pandemic, it has gotten tedious to shop for pets as there aren’t many supplies for them. In addition, what you can do is avoid long queues at stores around you. Instead, order online.
Moreover, you must have enough water to feed your pet for a minimum of a couple of weeks. So, consider your furry pal’s water intake and estimate the correct numbers to stock up.
If your pup has specific medications, it would be ideal to have a two to three-month supply. You can have a word with your vet regarding the pet’s prescription that can be filled in advance. In case you are already limiting your hours with your pet in public, consider ordering it online with pet supplies from an online store that deals in various things at once.
Besides, you can also write down instructions for the pet’s medication and give your veterinarian’s contact if you plan on moving or leaving your pet with a relative or friend. Remember, a big heads-on is to keep the pet’s medical history and vaccination record in his kit. That not only gives the pet’s history but also allows another member of the family to take note if the pup is corona-free or not.
Several other non-food items that may have got affected due to the overall shutdown and slow production rate comprise fresh litter in case you own a cat, urine cleaner, and poop bags. Buy some extras to place in their emergency kits and have them with you while the stores run out. Such a method will be pretty effective if you and your little furry pal have been away from the hustle-bustle of the market.
Toys and Entertainment
Speaking of getting stuck indoors, your pal might go into isolation and be deprived of outdoor activities. Besides, community parks are also under total lockdown in some parts of the world, allowing pets to stay home. Activities are not only beneficial for your pet but also his health. Senior dogs tend to develop muscle pain and other tissue problems that hinder their movement. However, if you have such things in mind, you and your pal can look for other options as well. Buy fun toys for your dogs and cats to nib on and play around with. These toys will keep them stimulated and allow them to move around, keeping them active at all times.
Experts suggest that you go for toys that consist of fetch balls to make sure your furry pal is getting enough activities to keep him running and puzzles to indulge his mind.
Consider planning for pet care.
In the end, you need to create a specific plan for the pet if you tend to get sick or have to isolate yourself because of the infection. Have a conversation with your friends and family to know where your furry pals can stay. They might be your friends and family but if you have run out of options because of isolation activities, look for pet onboarding and day-care facilities. You need to keep all these ready.
We all know how much this phase of life has affected our pet’s lives. Do you know, pets can also suffer from depression? Yes, they do. And, such a reason can also contribute to this health issue. However, if you already know what to do, you are in for a treat. In conclusion, an additional treat for your pup-bud can be deep snuggles, an excellent Netflix queue, along with a profound breath. So, what do you think of this? Keep yourself updated and incorporate every way of easing out such situations.
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