It is currently National Pet Month, so lets take a moment to appreciate those silent heroes who are always there for us, especially during lockdown
Every year around about this time, National Pet Month brings together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, businesses, and schools to promote good pet ownership, raise funds for good causes and have fun!
The month is about promoting the rewards and benefits of owning a pet whilst encouraging responsibility, increasing awareness of pet care specialists, and promoting the value of assistance and companion animals.
With the current lockdown situation we are naturally spending more time with our pets, but it is important to make sure that they are still being looked after and are as happy and healthy as they can possibly be.
Below our our top tips on looking after your pets whilst in lockdown during these strange and uncertain times.
Our top ten tips for looking after your pets during lockdown
- Make sure that you have enough food for your furry friend. Supermarkets are well stocked but might not always have your preferred brand in stock.
- You can always make your own dog food using simple ingredients like meat, vegetables and rice, but remember to not add seasoning as it be too strong for your pet’s stomach. They will find it super tasty just as it is!
- Parlours are not open at the moment, so it is important to make sure that you don’t let your dog’s claws get too long as they may curve and dig into their skin, causing pain and irritation. If you can, order a pair of pet nail clippers and do it at home. Remember to cut just before the quick, if you cut too far you will cause the claw to bleed.
- Similarly your pets hair might be getting really long. And as the weather is warming up, they may be feeling the heat more than usual. You can find pet hair clippers online which you can use quite easily (its a good idea to watch an instructional video first). Remember to bathe your pet first to get rid of any dirt. And be careful around sensitive areas like the face and backside.
- You can of course take your dog for a walk, but remember that whilst there is no evidence that they can catch the virus, if they get close to other people who think your pooch is so adorable that they want to stroke it, they could then transmit it on their fur to you. So stick to the social distancing rules and keep your dog on a lead, and you will be fine.
- The same can be said for cats who have a tendency to get into other people’s gardens and even homes. It might be best to keep them indoors for the foreseeable future.
- Some pets (like my own dog, Beau, pictured above) get confused when their routine is changed. Normally they have the house to themselves during the day, but now, there’s two extra people in the house! So make some allowances and why not bring his bed into the office and he’ll sleep soundly by your side, no problem.
- Remember your Vets are still open. They may have special social distancing measures in place, but you can still take your pets in for their routine boosters and of course for emergencies. Check with your Vet practice how they are operating at the moment.
- You can still go for short car rides (your car will thank you for the drive aswell), so take your pet with you and let them put their heads out the window and feel as free as the wind!
- Don’t overcrowd your pet. They need their beauty sleep so that they recuperate all the energy they’ve spent as you’re at home for longer periods now. So make sure you and the kids give your pet some space and allow him to get some much needed rest.