The Pandemic and Our Pets Preparing Them for Your Return to WorkLangley Animal Clinic
Due to COVID-19, many of us are spending most of the day with our pets. As wonderful as it is to devote so much extra time to our furry friends, it is also important to prepare for life beyond the pandemic. If you are patient and properly train your pets, they can adapt to their new routine much more easily. Our animal health experts have rounded up seven tips on how to help ease the transition back to work and school for you and your pets.
1. Practice leaving.
Before leaving your house, go through everything you normally do. Grab your keys, slip on your shoes, and make your way to the door. Take a quick stroll outside. Once you have returned inside, continue with your day. Build up the length of time you leave the house by leaving for just a few minutes, an hour, then two, then four. Consistency is important, so make sure to practice this routine for several days.
2. Provide your pets with something to see and hear.
If possible, let your pets have access to areas where they can view the street, people, or other animals. You might also consider keeping the TV or music on while you are away.
3. Keep them occupied so they don’t get bored.
Mental stimulation will keep your pet engaged while you are away. Before you leave your home, make sure your pet has plenty of toys to play with. Dogs enjoy puzzle toys that are filled with food. If you have cats, include comfy window perches and scratching posts.
4. Remain calm when leaving or returning home.
When you leave or return home, try to keep it as low-key as possible. While it may be difficult to ignore your pet during these times, giving them too much attention increases their anxiety.
5. Keep your pet’s routine in mind.
While at home, pay attention to your pet’s eating and playing routine. Do your best to maintain these routines when you are gone. To do this, you may need to enlist a neighbour, a pet sitter, or a pet daycare to lend a helping hand.
6. Increase physical activity before leaving.
Before you leave, be sure to tire out your pet. Pets with excessive energy are more likely to develop separation anxiety as a result of nervous energy. Take your dog on a brisk walk or run before going to work. Dogs and cats can also be mentally stimulated and tired out with energetic play sessions.
7. Connect with technology.
With the right technology, you can stay in touch with your dog or cat wherever you are. With a security camera or smart home device, you can keep a watchful eye over your pet while you are away. What’s more, you can even talk to them!
Your pets have provided you with much needed support throughout these unprecedented times. It is now your turn to ensure that they are comfortable and prepared for life after the pandemic.
For more advice on how to keep your furry loved one calm, reach out to Langley Animal Clinic.