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Coronavirus and all the things dog owners need to know

The Coronavirus and the call for social distancing will change our daily routines in many ways. The one thing we know is we all want to keep ourselves, our families and our pets as safe as possible and with all the news currently out there we have gathered all the things pet owners need to know in one place.

1. Important questions about how Covid-19 affects your pet

  • Can I still walk my dog in public?
    • Yes you can still walk your dog just remember to maintain the 1.5 meter distance between other walkers. If you are keen to get into nature here are some of the Top 10 outdoor walks you can do with your pet.
  • Can pets get the coronavirus?
    • There is no evidence that pets can get the coronavirus or spread it. The WHO and CDC have released their notes on the important things to know.
  • What can I do with my Pets at home if I need to self isolate?
    • Going out on walks to the beach or parks aren’t the only things you can do for fun with your pet during self isolation. If you have to self isolate with your dog, here is our guide to 7 Easy tricks to teach your dog.

2. Did you know pets are good for stress and anxiety? With the current situation there is a lot unknown which can cause stress and anxiety for you and your family, your furry friend helps with mood boosting! Here’s how:

  • Pets fill the basic human need for touch.
  • Studies have found that playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
  • Studies have shown that dog owners are far more likely to meet their daily exercise requirement - exercising every day is great for your pet as well as you.
  • Providing companionship - social distancing can be lonely. It’s a good thing your furry friend is there.
  • Adding structure and routine to your day. Many pets require a regular feeding and exercise schedule. Having a consistent routine keeps an animal balanced and calm—and it can work for you too.

3. Social distancing has placed an importance on working from home. If you need to do this remember to have a daily routine.

  • Get moving first thing in the morning as this sets the tone for the day. So take your pup for a walk around the garden or block while maintaining a safe 1.5 metre distance from others.
  • Set a schedule for work and breaks - include your pet in your break by grabbing a snack for you and a treat for your pet and just asking “who’s a good boy”.
  • Stay focused and limit social media - but do grab some cute photos of your new work from home fur- buddy to share with us.

4. Boredom busting. Even though you’re at home, your time will be filled with taking care of yourself, your work, your pets and your family. If you need your dog to self entertain for a bit these toys can help.

5. Many pets have been abandoned during the Covid-19 scare and there may be a furry friend in need. You can foster a Pet while you're self-isolating & help the kids to take on some responsibility. Read more on how you can help here.

6. We are all trying our best to keep safe, but if you do fall ill with Covid-19 and cannot make arrangements for someone else to look after your pet, here are some things to know when taking care of your pets.

Remember to stay calm, keep your distance and wash your paws.