As a pet owner, it may feel overwhelming to not know what’s coming. According to the WHO, the COVID-19 virus has affected over 184,000 people globally as of 3/18/2020, and that number continues to rise. In the midst of this pandemic, you want to make sure you’re prepared. While social gatherings are limited, and restaurants and stores decide to limit hours and staff for operation, you may be starting to see a great impact not only within your community but on a global scale. At the end of the day, you want your pets to be safe, happy, and healthy. For this reason, we sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Sarah Nold to help provide a home quarantine procedures guide with your pets in mind.
How to prepare for home quarantine procedures
with your furry friends
According to the United States Centers for Disease and Control, at this time “there is no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 or have been infected with the disease.” Even so, it’s helpful to practice good hygiene, like hand-washing and prepping your house if you need to home quarantine with your pets.
The importance of social distancing
you may not be infected, it’s important to lower the spread of the disease. According
New York Times, “health officials are recommending social distancing, which
means minimizing your contact with people and keeping your physical distance.”
As a reminder, this means limiting your social interaction like travel, work, school, and attending public events. For example, “the idea behind a recommended quarantine is to limit trips outside your home. So instead of making multiple trips in a week, try to make one trip every two weeks. Thankfully this is made easier with the luxury of many at-home delivery or store pick-up options,” states Nold.
Consider skipping the dog park and opt to play at home. Your
pet still needs exercise, so you might decide to take a walk around the block
or your neighborhood instead.
Pet supplies and items to stock up on
While the coronavirus (COVID-19) affects cities and communities around the globe – it may be helpful to stock up on supplies for your best friend. Naturally, there is no way of knowing when this will lighten up, so it’s best to prepare. Nold weighs in on the pet supply must-haves for an emergency below.
Pet food and water
“A general guideline for all emergencies is a two-week supply of food and water, as well as cat litter if you have a cat. In the case of the COVID-19 quarantine, there are no anticipated water or power outages, so more water than this is likely not necessary. Similarly, there are no anticipated food supply shortages, although stores may be temporarily low on supplies within a short period of time.”
Consider what you need now for your pets and plan accordingly. In an unexpected situation, it’s best to know what you have for your pets and what you need. Preparation and planning may help with stress.
Emergency pet supplies: other items
It is important to stock up on pet supplies that are used daily, but also be mindful that other pet owners will need supplies. Also, “you want to avoid having a bag of food that is larger than what your pet can eat in a month, as it can go stale if it is open too long and may have to be thrown out. For example, if you have one cat, you may want to have two 7 pound bags vs. one larger bag. The idea behind stocking up a reasonable amount of supplies is to not only help cushion for these temporary shortages but also to limit how many trips out of the house you have to make,” says Nold.
For pets that need daily medication, consider reaching out to your
veterinarian. The last thing you want is your best friend to run out of a
medication they may need. Nold points out the importance of communicating with
your veterinarian about your pet’s medication.
“Usually veterinarians are comfortable with dispensing a one month
supply of most chronic medication. In preparing for a quarantine, consider
asking your veterinarian if a 60-90 day supply is an option, so they can
prioritize more urgent cases and you don’t have to worry about refilling your
pet’s medication as regularly.”
Be mindful that your veterinarian may adjust hours of operation to accommodate their staff. They love your pets and want the best for them. Take this into consideration when you’re at your local veterinary clinic.
The impact of animal companionships
during times of stress
This may feel like a stressful time, and change may impact your pets. Alternatively, if you’re home more often, you get to spend more quality time with your pets, which is beneficial for you both. The love and comfort of a pet may help alleviate your mood, ease anxiety and help with focus. And in turn, they will be happy to spend more time with you. Your pets are a part of the family. Take the time you need to spend quality moments with them. Consider interacting and playing indoors, enrichment toys, and cuddles on the couch.
If you find that you need to prepare for a home quarantine, take the time to prep, get your pet’s supplies, and check-in with your veterinarian. As we navigate this new event, just know we are all in this together. Most important of all, is the health and safety of your family.
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is a digital content writer for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being creatively inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with pets all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family.