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Don’t Forget Pet Basics During Pandemic
…And Unique Challenges, Too

Our pets provide great comfort during this challenging time, but don't forget the care they need to stay healthy, too.
COVID-19 has drawn a lot of concern lately, but a lot of other things still need our attention, too.

Including our pets!

With summer in full force across most of the country, the usual cautions still apply: if your pet is outside, make sure he or she has water and shade. Look out for summer pests such as ticks, worms and other parasites that can cause long-term problems. If you engage in walks or runs with your dog, be aware that hot pavement or hot air (not the political kind!) may be more of a danger to your pet than to you.

Be Ready for Change

A few things may be unique today. If you’re walking or running, visiting a dog park or other area likely to be remotely crowded, carry a mask, handkerchief or another face covering, and be prepared to use it. This is especially true if your community is requiring face coverings.

There are other considerations, however. What if your pet is injured outdoors and you need to go to the veterinarian? Depending on a number of factors that may or may not be an issue. Many vet clinics are adjusting policies to create social distancing parameters. You will want to call the veterinary first, and that can be a challenge in an emergency. The clinic may have other policies (such as required records) that you would best prepare for in advance.

For these reasons, if you are venturing far or there’s a chance of a pet injury, it would be smart to contact your vet in advance and get an idea of how these changes might impact you and your pet. More than likely, none of these will be a problem and some, like the availability of drive-up options, could be very useful.

Plan Ahead

It’s likely your habits and those of your pet(s) will change for other reasons. Even with planning, you’re likely to spend more time inside, with less excitement for you and your pet. For some pets, especially, this can become a problem as they experience a loss of stimulation. Consider combating this with some new toys that are especially engaging. Good examples are toys that might be filled with treats or make noise. There are even apps designed for pets or that stream videos meant to entertain animals.

Still other considerations are planning for supply chain disruptions. At the start of the virus, toilet paper became scarce, a result of panic hoarding as much as disrupted trains, trucks and ships. But keeping extra pet food on hand along with any necessary medications or other supplies that you might need over a troubled three to four-week period.

None of this should be overwhelming and your pets are likely to be one of the few consistent bright spots during a troubling time. That’s one reason many have adopted bets for the comfort, entertainment and unconditional love they bring.