We all want to provide the very best health for ourselves, our families, and our pets. In these extraordinary circumstances, it is important to keep good health practices top of mind.
In an effort to help you, here is practical information to foster the health and well-being of your cats and dogs, now and always.
Keep clean water available for your pets at all times.
Ensure that each pet receives the nutrition that its health needs (this is especially so for pets that have a special veterinary diet). Please ensure you have sufficient quantity on hand and contact your pet nutrition supplier with any questions about product availability.
As you and your family spend more time at home, it is important that each pet receives the exercise it needs. Find new ways to play inside – feeding puzzles and indoor toys can help stimulate your pet’s mind and exercise its body.
Make sure your dog is sufficiently walked outside, following government’s guidelines. When walking your dog, practice ‘social distancing’ with other people and animals.
Always practice good hygiene and proper hand washing when handling pets.
If you need to be separated from your pet for a period of time, make plans for its ongoing safety and care.
Call your veterinarian if you have any concerns for the health of your pets.
*Source: World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)
**Source: Waltham Human Animal Interaction Playbook