Tips on how to take care of pets post COVID-19 lockdown

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The sudden outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic had forced almost the entire world to lockdown. While we wait for the vaccine, we must learn to live with the virus. Living under quarantine, restriction of movement, social distancing, and self-isolation has become the new normal. For many, adjusting to living in restrictions was challenging, while others had a tough time returning to the regular routine. Amidst all this, we often forget about our pets that have become used to us spending significant time at home. As we prepare ourselves to resume work and travel, we must not forget to help our pets adapt to life before COVID-19.

During the lockdown and quarantine, pets provide respite from all the anxiety and depression to many. From providing comfort to being exercise partners, pets have helped people cope with the chaos and stay positive and happy.

Amongst all the pets, dogs may experience difficulty in coping with their owners leaving them. Dogs are incredibly social animals, and the more time they spend with their owners, the stronger the bond gets. With life gradually but eventually getting back to usual, dogs will have the most difficult time adjusting to not having their owners around. Virginia Beach veterinary hospital staffs suggest owners take measures to prevent separation anxiety in dogs. Separation anxiety in dogs can lead to destructive behaviours. In distress, some dogs restore to urination, aggressive behaviour, and continuous barking when their owner is not at home. Other dogs may hyper salivate or fall into depression due to separation anxiety. 

Here are a few tips for pet parents on how to prepare pets for life after COVID-19.

Train them for the transition: The best thing about pets is that they are easy to train. Training adult dogs and pets is the same as training puppies. Prepare your pets to be alone by leaving the house for a few minutes at first. Then, gradually extend the time to a few hours. This way, your pet will know that you will return home every time you leave the house. Soon they will learn to remain calm when you are not around.

Playtime Breaks: During our time at home, we had so much fun playing with our pets. Playing games and exercising together with pets allow them to trust us and develop a healthy bond. However, one must not overdo playing time. When playing with your pets, give them small breaks to regain their energy and interest. Ample rest will also prevent muscle injuries due to rough playing. In case your pet gets injured, bring them to Virginia Beach vet hospital.

Ignore them: Giving the attention of your pet every time they are around is not always right. Ignoring your pets once in a while when they seek too much attention will help them be content on their own.

Give them Cues: Pets learn from our behaviors and are smart at picking up cues. Pets can associate our practices that we are going to leave the house. You can help your pets understand that it’s time to leave the house by giving them cues. Put on your work jacket, shoes, and lounge with your pets. When it’s time for you to head outside, they will not get anxious about you leaving them. 

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