From settling into new working-from-home routines, to giving each other enough space, navigating lockdown with our close family can be challenging time for us all – our pets included. While our furry friends can be a source of great comfort to us in these uncertain times, it’s important we don’t forget about their mental and physical health too.
PetSafe® Brand has compiled the following tips to care for pets during lockdown to keep them healthy and happy while taking advantage of spending more time together.
Top tips on how to get through lockdown with our furry friends
Getting out to exercise with your dog is a good way to avoid cabin fever and have some much needed fresh air. However, make sure you don’t over walk them by getting every family member to take them on individual walks out or they could get overtired.
If you’re self isolating and unable to get out and walk your pet, consider other ways you could get your pet moving. In homes with stairs, you could encourage your pet (provided they are in good health) to go up and down a few times. Or you could consider setting up an indoor obstacle course and get them jumping over chairs, under tables and circling furniture!
No matter the size of your home, find a space where you can play with your pet to help keep them mentally and physically stimulated. This could be as simple as an hour of throwing the ball in the garden, or playing tug of war inside. If you have a smaller dog and a long corridor you could even try an indoor game of ‘Fetch’. Try to do this for at least half an hour morning and night.
While upturned work patterns have had an impact on our schedules, our pets haven’t forgotten the time they usually eat! To give them a sense of normality, stick as closely as you can to regular meal time routines – and don’t increase their portion size.
Having our kitchens close at hand can mean more snacking temptations for us and treats for our furry friends. Keep treats to a minimum though as it can instill bad habits and could increase the risk of pet weight gain, especially with limited exercise opportunites.
Got an all-important conference call coming up and no way to keep your pet occupied? There are a variety of automatic indoor and outdoor electronic toys that can entertain your pet while giving you the chance to work in peace.
While it’s great to spend extra time with our pets, try not to be with them all the time. Go to another room, even if it’s just for a short period. To avoid separation anxiety after lockdown, our pets need to get used to us not being there.
“House-bound pets like dogs can get a build-up of energy that comes out through barking, running around the garden in circles or just general naughtiness. While it can be tempting to offer additional treats or meals to calm them, there’s lots of other fun options to offer restless pets that will be better for their health” states Rob Steele, Marketing Manager, PetSafe® Brand. “No matter what type of pet you have, keeping to a routine of daily activities and exercise will be essential to help with their overall wellbeing and yours.”
Give your furry friend fresh, flowing water with the PetSafe® Drinkwell® Butterfly Pet Fountain. A constant stream of water attracts dogs and cats to the water fountain, encouraging them to drink and keeping them hydrated. A removeable butterfly topper adds a fun decorative element to your pet fountain and creates 4 free-falling water streams from which your pet can drink. The topper can easily be removed to create a quiet, bubbling water flow. A carbon filter and foam filter work together to remove pet hair, debris and bad tastes from your best friend’s water. This BPA-free plastic fountain is specifically designed to have no hard-to-reach places when it’s time to clean your pet’s water bowl. PetSafe® brand is here to help you and your pet to live happy together™.
Give your dog a new type of challenging toy with the PetSafe Ricochet Electronic Dog Toys. When your dog interacts with one of the interactive paired toys, a fun and exciting squeak sound is heard from the other toy. When your furry friend investigates the second toy, the sound bounces back to the first toy. You dog will love trying to find the squeaky sound. While not a chew toy, the Ricochet is durable enough for intense play. Change up the game by hiding one of the toys behind furniture or in a nearby room. The toys have a range of up to 9 m. When your dog is done for the day, it will automatically turn off after 60 minutes of non-interaction to conserve the battery life. The Ricochet is the perfect addition to your dog’s toy box.
Give your best friend a leg up with the PetSafe® CozyUp® Folding Wooden Pet Steps. If your dog or cat isn’t quite tall enough to reach the bed or couch, or if you want to help protect their joints, folding pet steps give your furry friend the freedom to get on and off furniture all by themselves. These folding wooden steps in a decorative cherry finish measure 64 centimetres tall and are designed for furry family members who weigh up to 200 pounds. The carpet covers on each step give your dog or cat traction to confidently walk up and down the pet steps without slipping. Between snuggle sessions, you can conveniently store the wood pet steps by folding them flat and sliding it under a piece of furniture. PetSafe® brand is here to help you and your pet to live happy together™.