Governments across the world have instituted new guidelines in line with the newly declared pandemic by the World Health Organization. One of the things that health experts and government officials are calling for is social distancing.
People have been encouraged to avoid crowded places, including churches, mosques, schools, among others or stay at home completely.
Some governments have also instituted a complete lockdown as a way to ensure social distancing is adhered to.
Among other things, a lockdown has made people shop more than they would under normal circumstances. People have been stocking necessary things such as food items, toilet paper, bottled water, medications, etc.
While you’re stocking the stuff that you’ll need during the period you’re in lockdown, it is also important to ensure that your pet’s needs are catered for. Remember you’ll be locked together with your pets and so it will be wise to prepare for their needs as well.
While there’s no proof that dogs and cats can be infected with coronavirus, it makes a lot of sense to have essential pet items on hand to avoid making visits to the pet store anytime your pet needs something.
Here are some items you should have to keep your pet safe during a lockdown:
1. Pet Food
Just like other members of your family, your pet will need to have enough food for all the time you’re in lockdown. Running out of pet food during lockdown should not be in your vocabulary.
Imagine what would happen if you were to run out of pet food when in the middle of a lockdown? Be sure to stock enough food that will last the entire lockdown period.
Foods such as Stella and Chewy Beef Dog Food are easy to store and will offer the much-needed nutrients for your pet during a lockdown.
2. Tick and Flea Preventives
Lockdown or not, ticks and fleas will be looking to attack your pets. Be sure to have enough supply of tick and flea preventive.
Remember ticks can get into your home any time of the year. While you can buy flea treatments over the counter, it’s always a good idea to stick to chewables, collars, or medications recommended by veterinarians.
3. Prescription Medications
Your veterinarian might prescribe medications to treat or manage an existing medical condition. Be sure to stock all these medications in advance to ensure you have enough supply during the lockdown.
Some of the common medication for pets include:
- Opioid pain relievers
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
- Behavior-modifying drugs and sedatives
4. Odor Eliminator
You surely don’t want to stay in a house with an unpleasant smell from your pets, right? Then you need to buy an odor neutralizer.
Since you’ll be spending most of your time with your pet during the lockdown, you’ll have to keep cleaning and disinfecting your dog’s kennel to prevent bacteria and germs buildup.
Dog deodorant comes handy especially for dogs with typical thicker hair characterized by a foul smell.
5. Bottled Water
You’ll need to stock bottled water for your pets if you don’t have water fit to drink in your taps or if you lack a water filtration system. Just like humans, pets will require water, especially during hot afternoons.
So depending on the size of your family and the number of pets you own, decide on the right amount of water you need. Remember bottled water has an expiry date so keep that in mind when buying.
6. Interactive Pet Toys
The coronavirus outbreak has allowed many people to work from home. While you would like to spend as much time as possible with your pet, you’ll still need to work, right?
Interactive pet toys, therefore, comes in handy as they will keep your pet entertained while you continue with your work.
You might want to try the Snoop Ball, Entertaineze Puzzle Ball, Outward Hound’s Ottosson interactive puzzles, etc. for dogs and puzzle Feeder, LickiMat Cat Mat, among others for cats.
7. Eye/Ear Wipes
Both the eyes and ears of your dog require regular cleaning. You, therefore, need to ensure that you have enough eye and ear wipes in your house.
Ear wipes will help remove any dirt that might accumulate in your pet’s eyes. You can also opt for ear drops to clean your dog’s eyes.
Eye wipes, on the other hand, will help clean clumps found underneath the eye. Your dogs, especially the small ones, are likely to have these strains.
Eye drops are especially needed when your dog has eye problems such as infections and eye discharge.