The new wave of Covid-19 is tough for us and our pets alike, as responsible pet parents we should try to understand the stress and anxiety our pets face as well. Stress is real, and just like humans, pets can be stressed too. Although it is something that all pets experience from time to time, if disproportionate levels of anxiety are left unchecked, a pet can develop an anxiety disorder.
Here are a few real-life situations during Covid times that can be stressing your pet & the solutions for them:
If You And/Or Members of Your Family Are Infected with Covid-19:
It has been made clear by medical authorities that pets cannot get infected with Covid-19 and hence cannot pass it on to a human directly. But pets can carry the infection to other members of the household if they come in close contact with an infected member.
If a family member becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets. When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick and avoid contact with your pet. If you must care for your pet while you are sick, wear a mask and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
Not Being Able to Take Your Pet out for a Walk & Play-time:
As various states in the country are applying different rules for lockdown, most parents aren’t able to take their pets out for a walk and regular exercise. This can be tough on your pets as their pent-up energy is not being released.
Take your pet out for a walk when there is less human traffic outside, for example, early mornings or late evenings. You should also supplement this with indoor activities/games to ensure your pet’s mental and physical enrichment. You can play games like Tug-of-war, Hide-and-seek, Find-the-treat, interactive games like puzzles, kong games, etc.
In these times, a lot of us have moved back to our hometowns taking our pets with us wherever we go. This is particularly rough on them as they go through travel anxiety and a complete change of environment.
Before the journey, desensitize your pet to the car/crate in which they will be travelling and take them for short rides to get them used to the longer ride. During the journey, take frequent breaks so that the pet can relieve themself and offer plenty of water. In the new home, offer your pet with his favourite things like his bed, bowl, toys, etc. so that he can associate the new environment with his old home.
Pet Abandonment as Parents Have Passed Away Due to Covid:
As the deaths rise, a lot of pets are left homeless. Apart from having no one to care for them, the pet might go through separation anxiety due to the loss of their parent, just like a human would.
If you come across such a pet, try to foster the pet till you can find them a forever home. Contact a pet shelter/NGO near you and seek their help. Most of all, try to find a new home for the pet where the parents can give them ample time and can devote time to his care and physical activity which will be required by the pet to overcome his tough situation.
Frequent Changes in Routine:
The continuous shift in the “new normal” from a lockdown to ease of conditions to a second lockdown has been tough for us humans, imagine how it went for your pet. This constant change in schedule is stressing for your pet as well.
Try to make a common schedule, irrespective of the lockdown situation and stick to it as much as possible. Give your pet his food at the same time each day and take them for a walk at the same time as well. Pets are creatures of habit and routine, if you take that away from them they don’t know what to expect.
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