While the pandemic has drastically changed the way we live our lives, our dogs see it as one of the best things that's ever happened; everyone is home all day and there's no more long stretches of loneliness.
But pets are rather sensitive to their humans, which means if you're feeling more stress and emotional turmoil than usual, your pets will pick up on it.
To keep your pets happy and healthy anytime, you need to remember the ABCs of pet care: Attention, Being responsible, and Commitment. During the pandemic, this means keeping your pets eating well, providing entertainment, making time for exercise, and giving them lots of love.
Keep your pets on the same diet as usual and make sure to stick to their regular routine. Remember some pet stores may have limited supplies, so don't buy more than you need. Avoid changing their diets if your regular pet store is out of stock; call other stores to find their food in this case.
Entertaining your pets can keep their minds sharp and reduce your daily distractions. Peanut butter can provide dogs hours of entertainment when mixed with some dry kibble in a treat holder. Consider purchasing some interactive dog toys to give your dog a variety of things to entertain them. For cats that crave lots of attention, try leaving out a few cardboard boxes for them to explore or purchase an interactive cat hunting toy.
Exercise is beneficial to both our pets and ourselves. During the pandemic, getting outside for a jog or walk with your dog can make a big difference for both of you. When necessary, move out of the way to put distance between you and anyone else. Get your kitty moving too; electronic and interactive toys can get cats running and chasing for exercise.
Remember, your pets need love every day. Be patient with them and give them plenty of attention.