How To Care For Your Pets During Self-Isolation

By Elena Cortesi on April 30 2020 in How to

Pet groomers are closed, so you will have to cut your dog's hair by yourself during the pandemic. Photo by Jonathan Daniels on Unsplash
Pet groomers are closed, so you will have to cut your dog's hair by yourself during the pandemic. Photo by Jonathan Daniels on Unsplash
  • It is uncertain whether or not the COVID-19 can be passed from humans to animals.
  • The first confirmed positive COVID-19 case in the US was found in a tiger in a zoo in New York City according to the CDC.
  • It is uncertain whether or not COVID-19 can be passed from animals to humans.

It is very important that we are taking care of our beloved pets during these very challenging and difficult times we find ourselves in as they are an integral part of our families. Pets are very intuitive and sensitive to our emotions and can sense when we are stressed and have anxiety. It is imperative that we are mindful to reassure them during this time that we are there for them and that they are being taken care of.

What to Do After Your Pet Goes Outdoors

If your pet goes outdoors to do its business, make sure you clean its paws before entering the home. For your protection as well as that of your pets, it is prudent to avoid tracking germs and bacteria throughout your home from the pitter-patter of your furry friends. Brush your pet often in order to illuminate other particles that may be brought into the home. Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly each and every time you are done with this process.

What if Someone Tests Positive for COVID-19?

Although it is still unclear whether or not humans can transmit the Coronavirus to pets, it is better to be safe than sorry. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, treat your pet the same you would another family member during this time. Isolate yourself from your pet, practice social distancing, wash your hands often, and wear a mask if forced to be around your pet and other family members while in the home.

Does Social Distancing Apply to Pets?

There is not enough concrete data to confirm in absolute whether or not pets can pass on the Coronavirus to other animals or people. Although it is deemed unlikely, it is better to be cautious in this regard. Avoid having your pet interact with other pets outside your household, and it is wise to limit interactions with other people as well. Having your pets interact with other pets puts you at additional risk to COVID-19.

Keep Your Pet Well Groomed

Most pet owners get their pets groomed regularly outside of the home. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most grooming facilities are currently either closed or providing limited services. Make sure you are bathing, brushing, trimming, clipping, etc. for your pets so they are well maintained. You may not be an expert groomer, but you can make it work. There are so many instructional videos available on social media and on various pet-lover websites to help you with some best practices and tips on how to groom your furry friends.

Plan Time to Play and Interact with Your Pet

Unlike most humans, pets' expectations are simple. They want your attention, they want to be loved, they want to play, and they want your company. Carve out some time during your busy day to dedicate to them exclusively. Play a little game, have some cuddle time after a bath, or simply just give them a belly rub while watching television. This dedicated time is vital for their happiness and well being and it will bring a smile to your face as well, no doubt.

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