how confinement is afecting our pets
It is evident that the expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic is changing our daily lives and therefore those of our beloved pets. We have spoken with different vets to explain the consequences that the pandemic may have for our pets and how we can minimize these problems.
In Spain, dog owners have been exempted from total confinement, being able to go outside so that the dog can take a walk and relieve himself. The problem is that the government has limited the rides to a radius of 250 meters. This can cause some problems since certain activities that they used to do frequently like running long distances and playing with other dogs or with the owner are currently restricted. According to race, some can be more affected by this situation. In particular, it can affect larger dogs that need daily physical exercise to expend all that doggy energy. These lack of exercise, socialization and stimuli can be translated, according to veterinarians, into health problems, such as stress, demand for care or even in some cases, aggressiveness.
How can we help our pets to better manage quarantine?
Perhaps you think that being 24 hours with your pet can do him good and increase its happiness. It is true, but this situation can also generate stress. The loss of the routines that before the confinement they carried along with our constant company can generate some stress for both dogs and cats. For this we leave you some basic points, ruled by veterinarians, who can help you and your pet to better manage the quarantine.
- Be on the lookout for any signs of boredom or stress that are unusual for your pet, such as their antics, excessive barking (in the case of canines), scratches, excessive chewing, and constant attention seeking.
- Dedicate some time to your pets every day. As well as leaving it some space, specially at the time of the day in which the pet is calmer.
- Create games to encourage their stimuli and to make them move, such as hiding portions of food around the house so they can find them through smell, throwing a bone to bring it to you, playing with them interactively, playing music or dancing while doing that the dog is integrated into the dance ... etc.
-Finally, they tell us that it is important, after the different daily walks, to disinfect the legs, muzzle and tail well. No alcohol or bleach, just soap and water. It is true that the probability of spreading the virus through animals at home is very low. But we must always take as many precautions as possible.
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