We have all had to drastically change our way of life and daily routines, but it’s not only us that have had to change, but our pets also have too. You might find that your pets are delighted that you are now spending more time at home, but they may be feeling some of the strain with less personal space, exercise been restricted and there may well be shortages of their favourite foods.
With so much change in our lives, it’s important for us to recognise, as owners, that we need to keep out furry friends feeling happy, loved, and calm.
Let’s have a look at some of the things you might be thinking about during this time:
Can I Still Walk My Dog?
The short answer to this is yes, yes you can walk your dog during the COVID-19 lockdown. However, it should be classed as your daily exercise. If you own a dog you need to this into careful consideration, especially if you live somewhere that doesn’t have a garden for them to run around in. We are only supposed to be leaving the house for one form of exercise a day so, if you do need to walk your dog makes sure your daily exercise is a nice walk with them.
Sourcing The Right Food
Many people have reported the fact that it has been difficult to get food that their pets are used to or find supermarkets that are fully stocked with the amount of food that they need. This can be a worry and added stress to the current time that really you and your pets could do without. Despite people being advised strongly by the government against stockpiling, may people still decided to do it, this is one of the main reasons it has been difficult for others to get the food that they need. And we all know how fussy some pets can be when it comes to food. Sites such as Time for Paws make it easy by allowing you to order everything you need online. This comes in handy especially if you are having to self isolate or can’t leave your home because you fall into one of the more vulnerable categories.
Keeping Them Entertained
Yes, it is possible for your pets to get bored even when you are spending more time at home. In fact, if they are bored it can lead to things like you been distracted when you’re trying to work from home or them ruining items in your home. It’s a good idea to think about buying them some lockdown toys to keep them entertained or have a look online at some of the fun things you can try such as hidden treats or a platter of new foods to try. Not only will it be fun for you to learn more about them it will also help to keep them feeling loved and having fun.
These are just a few of the things you should be doing to help look after your pets during the lockdown. We’ve found that Buddy is loving having us all at home! Do you have a furry animal keeping you company? Please share your stories in the comments below.