COVID-19 and pets: Pet Food Institute offers tips to care for pets
With lockdown orders around the region keeping people at home, people with pets are probably not thinking about their constant presence is affecting their furry friends.
According to the Washington D.C.- based Pet Food Institute, with a regional office in The Bahamas, while the extra time may appear to be the cat’s meow, it can zap the excitement that comes with a daily routine of mealtime rituals, greetings at the end of a workday and a walk in the park meeting up with other dogs and the folks they bring along.
Pet Food Institute sheds light on the COVID-19 issues impacting pets and offers tips to keep both families and pets safe while entertained.
Here are a few modifications you can make:
Practice good hygiene
It’s important for your pet and for you. Just as you would wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds when returning from the store or throughout the day, make sure to do the same after handling pets.
Ensure adequate amount of pet supplies
Whether food, water, grooming supplies or medication, ensure that your pet is covered in the event of an emergency. Supplies should last for a minimum of two weeks.
Play, eat, sleep, repeat
Establishing a schedule can be helpful for both you and your pet. You can hide treats around your home, practice new commands, or play fetch. Stimulating your pet’s mental and physical exercise is important.
Create a plan
You should always have a plan for pet care in the case of a medical emergency, including having your pet’s veterinary information written down and a trusted family member, friend, or pet sitter who can care for your pet. That plan could include a sufficient amount of pet food and any medications or supplements your pet is on. The more detailed the plan, the less stress you will experience.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds that: “At this point in time, there is also no evidence that domestic animals, including pets and livestock, can spread COVID-19 to people.”