Statista reveals that approximately 370 million pet cats follow more than 470 million pet dogs in the world. This showcases the preference for pet dogs than cats. No matter what pet animal you have been living with for years, you will need to pay little extra attention to their health now. Looking for ways in which you and your family can take care of your newly adopted pet during COVID-19? Continue reading to find out!
What is the need for the hour?
Unlike human beings, pets cannot describe what they are going through regarding health issues. Therefore, as a pet owner, you must keep a check on your furry friend’s health and overall wellbeing, especially in pandemic circumstances.
By the time the COVID-19 global pandemic has come into existence, people are getting more concerned about their health. While the pandemic made people health-conscious, it also made many neglect their furry family members’ health. This is when the health administrators have been warning people to take care of their kids, aged family members, and pets.
The COVID-19 impact on pets
With every passing day, it seems like the health authorities are issuing new guidelines for the virus we all have been suffering from. However, human beings have been keeping a good check on their health, but then what about the animals? Many types of research have proved that COVID-19 cannot turn into a major problem for pets. Yet, pet owners need to keep a watchful eye on their pets’ behavior and health changes.
In this regard, CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released a report stating that COVID-19 cannot affect pets like dogs and cats. Furthermore, WHO (the World Health Organization) has supported this research and said there is no such evidence of corona hampering animals’ health.
This has turned out to be a sigh of relief for many pet owners and lovers out there. The question bird owners have on their minds is if the virus could pass from people to their lovely birds. Covid 19 has put many people on edge when it comes to owning parakeet birds. Luckily, parakeet birds are not affected by this virus so we can continue to enjoy them as our companions. The benefits of owning a parakeet bird are limitless.
They’re small, adorable, and can be kept in your home or even on your shoulder! There are a few things you should know about parakeet care and they’re also inexpensive to own and maintain. It’s important to keep your pet safe during times like these! Keep your bird away from other animals who may have been exposed to the virus. Still, if you happen to own a furry family member, then here are some factors to consider and ensure the best health for them.
Be it a dog or cat, pet animals tend to snug, kiss, or lick you. However, it is a significant sign of sharing a healthy and happy relationship with your four-legged friend but make sure you avoid it during pandemic times. However, your pet lives with you, but you can’t imagine where and what your pet licks or smells. This can transfer harmful diseases. Therefore, try to restrict your pet from snuggling, licking, or kissing you as earlier.
Teach a lesson to your pet and kids
Most pets and kids are good friends with each other. Call it matching the frequencies or finding a good company in each other; they tend to share a strong and happy bond. As a result, most pets love to be surrounded by the kids at home. But when talking about the present times, make sure you teach your kids to maintain a distance from pets. However, there is no harm in playing together, but it’s good to maintain social distance, especially when your pet has just come home from the nearby park.
The health professionals at CDC have revealed that people and animals like dogs and cats can share a zoonotic disease that can end up in many health complications in human beings. The risk factor increases when it comes to aged people and kids. Thus, make sure to limit the physical contact between kids, aged, and pets at your home.
Disinfect the pet’s zone
Pets live a life no less than kids. And to an extent, they deserve it too. Just like you disinfect your entire home, make sure to do the same for pet beds, playing area, toys, eating bowls, pet rugs, etc. If your pet has been sleeping on the living room’s rug so far, get your furry friend pet beds for proper bedding facilities. And make sure to disinfect it regularly. While you do this, keep a hawk’s eye on the pet’s diet as well. You can consult a veterinarian to change the diet plan to strengthen the immune system.
The feeding procedure – Your pet must be in love with enjoying the meals with the entire family. But until we get over this deadly pandemic situation, try to avoid it. Let your pet eat in a separate corner. Plus, make sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect the pet’s eating bowl and area consistently.
This will help you avoid disease transmission within the home. As per the American Veterinary Medicine Association’s statements, pets tend to contain a group of harmful bacteria that can take a toll on the kids’ and aged family members’ lives. As there is a higher risk of bacteria spreading in the air, make sure to keep the home clean and sanitize all corners effectively.
Take ticks seriously
You can restrict your kids but not pets as they require an evening stroll to remain healthy. This way, they get more prone to disease and infections outside. When stepping outside the home, pets can catch fleas and ticks, ending up in significant hassle for your furry friend. Before these ticks make it worse for your pet to live, make sure you consult the veterinarian as soon as possible. If not done, it can be trouble for your family members too.
A care tip for newly a adopted pet
However, we discussed pets’ health concerns throughout the post but made sure you extend a hand of help for the stray dogs, cats, and other animals in these challenging times. It may not cost you anything but can save an animal’s life.
The final thoughts
The coronavirus global pandemic is not in the mood to leave the world normal soon. This bio attack has left millions of people to lose their lives while hampering the health of billions of people out there. After human beings, the deadly COVID-19 is considered highly harmful to animals. This calls for the utmost attention and care of your old or newly adopted pet.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.