We’re living through an unprecedented time, as the COVID-19 pandemic creates a lasting impact on the world. Man’s Best Friend can be a great source of comfort in these scary times. Continue reading as a local veterinarian offers some tips on quarantining with Fido.
Even if you’ve been ordered to self-isolate, you can—and should—continue to walk your dog. The fresh air, sunlight, and exercise is good for both you and your furry friend, and will benefit you mentally and physically. However, please do so with caution. Stay at least six feet away from others, and wash your hands upon returning home.
If you have a playful, active pooch, you may find Fido getting a bit of cabin fever. Frequent play sessions will help your pet burn off some of that energy. You can play games like Fetch indoors, or hold a laser pointer for your pup to chase. (Bonus: this also provides comic relief. Dogs are super adorable when they are running and playing!)
Dogs are loyal, loving, and intuitive, traits that are absolutely needed at times like this. Fido may sense that you’re anxious or uneasy, and may stick closer to you than usual. He may also put a paw on your leg, lean against you, or act a bit nervous himself. Giving your furry friend cuddles, ear scratches, and belly rubs can be quite comforting, which is great for both of you. Plus, who doesn’t love tail wags and puppy kisses?!
Do you have children? If so, you may be juggling working from home while managing your little ones, or just trying to keep them occupied. One thing your youngsters can do is make some toys for your canine buddy. You can make a tee shirt into a rope toy by cutting it into strips and then braiding the strips together. Another great dog toy can be made from an old pair of denim jeans: cut one leg off and tie big knots on each end. You’ll find lots more great ideas online!
Does your four-legged pal obey basic commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down? If not, spend some time working with him. Or, show Fido some cute tricks. That’s a great way to bond and make the best of your time!
Please reach out to us, your local vet clinic, anytime. We will get through this together!