As we continue to navigate this unprecedented situation as a result of COVID-19, it’s important to keep in mind that our pets are also affected. Adjusting to new routines and processes is difficult for everyone – dogs included!
Today we’re sharing some quick tips and helpful reminders to help your furry friend stay healthy, safe, and happy during quarantine and physical distancing as a result of COVID-19.
Routines and Separation Anxiety in Dogs
When we are stuck at home, our routines change, and it is disruptive to both two-legged and four-legged family members.
Dogs with tendencies for separation anxiety may love the newfound constant “home time” with their people, but when things go back to normal – or near normal – some pups may experience a separation anxiety crisis.
For owners who have diligently worked to diminish separation anxiety behaviour, it’s important to note that they may see some relapse of bad behaviours.
Routines are truly so important! As much as possible, try to stick to them – even if that means sitting outside in the backyard for a little bit while Fido has alone time.
Dog Safety and Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer is one way to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, and it’s likely that you have some somewhere in your house to protect yourself but be diligent and keep it away from your pups.
While hand sanitizer is largely comprised of ethanol (which doesn’t taste good), we all know those dogs who want to chew and swallow anything – even if it tastes bad. Hand sanitizer is considered mildly toxic, but some dogs may be more sensitive to it than others.
Keep a watchful eye on your pet if you think they might have gotten into something they shouldn’t. Signs of toxicity related to hand sanitizer are associated with the alcohol content. Related symptoms (along with a large amount ingested) can be lethargy, vomiting, incoordination, seizures and respiratory failure.
The COVID-19 crisis is a chance to remind ourselves about “puppy proofing” for all cleaners and hand sanitizers we are using.
Walks and Exercise for You and Your Dog
Daily exercise should always be a priority for your pup, but it’s also essential for your mental and physical health, too! It’s still okay to take your dog for a walk.
As long as you are able, take advantage of the fresh air, warmer and longer days to stretch your legs and clear your mind. Be sure to leave 2 metres between you and others you may see out and about and remember that walking in large groups isn’t recommended.
This ever-evolving situation is stressful, but it’s important that pet care doesn’t fall to the wayside amid uncertainty. Be sure to refer to these quick tips for your dog’s health and safety as you continue to practice physical distancing or quarantine during this time.