The news about Coronavirus has greatly impacted everyone around the world. People are worried not only about their health but the health of their furry friends or dogs. Owners are currently confused about the proper ways to care for there dogs when social distancing is considered an entirely new concept to our furry pals. At the same time, thinking of ways to keep the dogs happy looking at the dog’s mental state in these times.
Dogs are safe from the virus.
Experts say that there’s no evidence that dogs have contracted or can spread the virus. This also means that quarantining our furry pals is considered an unnecessary measure. But this doesn’t mean we need to be complacent about it. “Better safe than sorry” as what other people would say.
There is still a lot to learn about the illness, being aware and prepared is never a bad idea. The CDC recommends being cautious about your everyday interactions with your dogs, including washing your hands after handling them, to ensure the health of you and your dogs, particularly as the coronavirus escalates.
Continue to walk your dog or do alternative activities.
Social distancing seems to be a trending word nowadays but what does it mean? Put simply, the idea is to maintain a distance between you and other people — in this case, at least six feet. Others would describe it as deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness.
Other examples of social distancing that allow you to avoid larger crowds or crowded spaces are:
- The transition from office-based work to working from home
- Turn to online class
- Using gadget and technology to communicate with love ones rather than physically visiting them
- Canceling or postponing concerts, events, conferences and large gatherings
Going outside and taking walks with your dogs, as long as you maintain distance from other people. This is a great exercise for your dogs and will likely boost your mood and theirs as well.
Stock up on food and treats.
The preparation of supplies and essentials is very important in case of emergencies. Your emergency supplies should include a 30-day supply of your dogs’ medications, treats, and food. Make sure to keep your pets eating well and on the same diet to maintain their good health. Take note of your dog food supply to ensure you have at least a month’s worth.
Provide entertainment for your dogs.
Dogs love attention. They need cuddling, hugs, and playtime from their owners. Most of the time, human interaction is enough to replace outside walks. This helps with both their physical and mental health.
Playing with them inside the house or backyard is also advisable. You can play a game of fetch, find a ball, or if you’re willing to part with them, roll a pair of socks and get playing! The use of toys can stimulate their need to forage, and is a good way for your dogs to exercise.
The lives of people around the world have suddenly been turned upside down by Covid-19, dogs as well are stressed and even under depression. It is our job as owners and loving family members to care for them and make them happy in these times of crisis