Nobody thought that the world would get to this point. People are required to stay at home. Most businesses are closed or have resorted to providing their services online. Travel overseas is a big no. And routine tasks need to be executed with great care.
Adjusting to these changes can be a considerable hassle, at least in the beginning. However, to regain a sense of normalcy faster, everybody’s compliance with health and safety mandates is a must. And more importantly, people just have to accept that this is the new normal.
But what about everyone’s pets? Their lives can be affected by COVID-19 as well, and it can be a challenge for pet parents to modify their routines.
Clearly, pet owners now have additional responsibilities to face in taking care of their animals. During this time, domesticated animals — dogs, in particular — are at a higher risk of experiencing depression and poor health. Therefore, if you have a pet dog, thoughtful planning is a must in managing the setbacks this global pandemic can create for your household.
Here are seven tips to help you with this:
Tip 1: Find a one-stop online shop for pet essentials.
Shopping is undoubtedly one of the tasks that you can’t perform easily with the restricted mobility imposed by the government for everyone’s safety. Therefore, to ensure that you can replenish your pup’s essentials in a timely way, find a one-stop online shop for pet supplies.
Make sure the store has everything from food to hygiene products, toys, and other supplies that can create a happy and healthy home life for your furry little one. Once you find such a store, most things related to caring for your pet will be easier to address. On top of that, you may be able to take advantage of special deals to save you money, which is crucial during these economically troubled times.
Tip 2: Keep a supply of pet disinfecting products by the entrance door of your house.
Disinfecting wipes, antibacterial shampoo, pet-safe disinfectant sprays, and other similar items should always be kept handy throughout your home, especially if there are places in your neighbourhood where the furry little one is allowed to get some exercise.
You want to make sure that you have all these cleaning and disinfecting products right by the entrance of your home so you can clean your pup before letting him back inside the house.
Tip 3: Determine the different physical activities that you’re allowed to do with your pup.
Keeping your pooch cooped up in the house will make him restless and even sad. As such, you need to identify the different physical activities that you can still do despite the established mobility restrictions for community health safety.
If you live in an apartment building, perhaps it wouldn’t be an issue to climb up and down the stairs for a few rounds. Or, if your property opens directly to the woods or the beach, you could check if you can still play a game of fetch with your pup in these areas. You can also stay on your porch and just throw a stick to a distance that your dog can run to for a game of fetch.
In some areas, hiking trails are still open, and people can come with their pets for a hike. And, if it’s not possible to venture out with your dog, come up with games that you can play inside your home and buy a few new dog toys. The main idea here is to make sure that your pup can get some exercise because, without physical activities, the furry one’s disposition or mood can become quite problematic.
Tip 4: Pay closer attention to your pup’s diet.
Call your vet and ask if it may be necessary to switch to a different kind of dog food now that you and your pet have a completely different routine. If a change in dog food would be deemed helpful in maintaining your dog’s health, make the switch as soon as you can.
Fortunately, dog food delivery in Dubai is available, making changing your pet’s diet a bit more convenient. You can place an order via phone or online and have your purchases delivered the same day.
Tip 5: Give your pet the right health supplements.
If you’re not giving your pup health boosters at the moment, it may be time to start. A strong immune system is one of the best defences against COVID-19. It surely wouldn’t hurt to improve your dog’s health in every way possible as well.
Consult your vet for the health supplements that are suitable for your pup.
Tip 6: Clean your home as often as possible.
Another highly recommended practice during a quarantine period at home is to keep your living quarters clean. When you clean your home often, you automatically reduce the risk of infection.
Disinfect all surfaces frequently and don’t forget to wash your dog’s bed and toys often.
Tip 7: Devise an emergency plan.
It helps to be prepared for the worst. In the event that you get sick, your pup will be left without his primary carer for a long time. Therefore, find a family member or friend to whom you can leave your furry baby, especially if you will need to be confined to the hospital.
Along with this, prepare your pup’s grab bag. Make sure it has all its essentials such as dog food, bath products, toys, and others. Plus, include all essential instructions such as how to give the pup his vitamins, how he likes to be bathed, and the likes. Make sure to provide other important details such as the vet’s number, and certain behaviours to watch out for.
Most importantly, don’t forget to prepare your dog’s budget. Your dog’s supplies may run low while you’re away, so it’s best not to burden carers with the responsibility of buying and paying for your pet’s needs. Set aside an amount for your dog’s needs in advance.
Indeed, these are challenging times. Nobody knows when COVID-19 will be fully contained as there’s no known cure for now. As such, there truly is no other option than to live in the new normal. With smart planning using the tips shared above, living in the new normal will not necessarily mean a lower quality of life and less joy for you and your furry little one. The hope is that when the global pandemic is over, it will be easy enough to revert to original routines.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.