How are you and your pet navigating the pandemic?

Navigating the pandemic has been full of uncertainty, but it’s made the importance of pets exceptionally clear. Having the unconditional love and companionship that four-legged friends provide has helped so many people weather the recent storms. While our worlds were turned upside down, our pets were there for us. But the truth is, our pets’ worlds turned upside down too.

While the last year was good for our pets in a lot of ways (more time together was a welcome surprise!) it also presented some unique challenges. Here are some of the ways the pandemic has impacted pets — and how you can use unique pet parenting to overcome them.

Tiresome Routines

In the last year, our daily lives changed dramatically. We’ve spent more time at home. And, with our grey PNW skies, our days can sometimes feel long. It can be easy to feel down about our new normal — for people and for pets.

To bring some excitement into your pet’s life, treat them to a new toy or two. If your dog loves to snuggle, get an extra-soft plush toy like the popular Lambchop toy. And if they like to run and play, try out a new Chuckit toy for your dog or a teaser cat toy for your favorite feline. Getting a toy that you know they’ll enjoy will spice up the routine they’ve become accustomed to.

Separation Anxiety

We have loved spending more time with our best pals, but all the time together can lead to increased separation anxiety when you do walk away. If your pup or kitty seems extra down when you leave their side, try to practice positive and calm departures.

Next time you leave the house, even if it’s just for a few minutes, give your pup a stuffed Kong dog toy or other engaging toy to make them more comfortable with your absence. Getting them used to time alone will help curb the separation anxiety when you start leaving the house more frequently.

Health & Wellness

Many people are more aware of their health than ever before — and it’s important to be aware of our pets’ health as well. While there are things are out of our control right now, we do have the ability to create healthy habits for our four-legged friends.

Focus on getting adequate exercise and feeding them healthy meals and treats. A fun wellness challenge is to add a little bit of time to your walk each day. Before you know it, you and your pup will be ready for a big adventure around the PNW!

The last year has presented many challenges, but it’s shown us that we can overcome anything — as long as we have pets by our sides.

Looking for more ideas on ways to keep your pet healthy and happy during this time?  Stop by your neighborhood Pet Pros – we’d love to help!