Working From Home: How To Stay Productive While Being a Pet Parent

staying productive working from home while being a pet parent

No one is happier about social distancing than your fur baby. As thousands of pet parents migrate from their office, staying productive at home can become difficult. While having a furry companion is proven to reduce stress, your pet won’t know the difference between “office” and “home”. To them, wherever you are is home.

From planning your day to encouraging independent play, we put a list of tips together to help both of you navigate this change.

Plan Your Day

The best thing you can do for your pet is to keep a consistent schedule. Just like humans, pets can learn to stick to them. Mornings are key to setting the stage for a productive day. For instance, If your puppy is pawing at the door first thing in the morning, make sure to set a fixed time for regular walks. Same goes for feeding, play, cuddle and nap time. Having intervals where your pet is busy can give you time for conference calls, answering emails, and working on those long spreadsheets.

Take Breaks For Play Time

Play time isn’t just beneficial to furry friends. It’s proven that taking breaks during the workday actually boosts creativity and productivity. Take 10 minute breaks every 2 hours where you give your kitty or pup your full attention. This is a great time to play tug, fetch, hide and seek. If your fur baby is feeling extra affectionate, stick to belly rubs or plain old couch cuddles. Remember to keep these breaks at consistent times every day.

Do The Hard Work During Nap Time

Dogs and cats sleep an average of 12 to 16 hours a day. If you catch your pup with sleepy eyes, that’s your cue to write that long email or finish up that report. Bottom line, focus on work that requires your full attention without any interruptions. You can enhance your fur baby’s sleep time by playing some soothing music in the background. Check out this playlist.

Keep Your Pet Healthy…And Entertained

Whether your pet constantly stares at you with puppy dog eyes, or demands belly rubs and attention, there are ways to keep them entertained while you answer that long list of emails. Healthy chewable treats are a great way to encourage independent play and keep your pet healthy! If you’re having a hard time finding the right chewables for your pet, here are a few we recommend:

Remember distractions are normal, so plan for the occasional cuddle or petting session. Just remember not to be hard on yourself and accept the flow of life.

Boost Your Pet’s Immunity

With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a great time to put your health first and take measures to stay healthy. While pets can’t contract the disease, it’s still a good idea to boost their immunity in order to prevent any emergencies. We recommend these vitamins and immunity boosting supplements for cats and dogs:

We recommend that you use preventable measures like washing your hands, sanitizing home surfaces, washing your pet’s bed and blankets as well as bathing your pet often.

This is a time of uncertainty and we are all in this together. Our most valuable recommendation is to keep a positive attitude for you and your pet. Go for that long walk in nature, enjoy cuddles with your pet and stay optimistic.

At Allivet, we are committed to the health of your pet and understand that your pet is part of your family. As a registered pharmacy, we are fully operational, and continue to have full services with no delays. We understand that all medication and health supplements are important at this time, so we want you to know that we have an amazing team that is working diligently to ensure that there is no interruption in service to get your pet’s medications to you in a timely manner.  Learn more about how you and your pet can stay healthy during this time on the Allivet Pet Care Blog.

 

Allivet.com #1 in Pet Supply – Best Online Shops 2020

Newsweek Best Online Shops 2020

Here at Allivet, we have always been aware of our passion for taking care of our furry friends. Now, we have been recognized!

Newsweek released their list of the Best Online Shops of 2020, and Allivet.com has ranked #1 in the Pet Supply category.

Newsweek partnered with Statista, Inc., a global data-research firm, to rank various websites by combing through criteria such as site structure (e.g., “The homepage is very clear and well structured”), offerings like free shipping and VIP discounts, personalized recommendations, site security, and so on. They narrowed the list down to 1000 online shops that offer the trifecta of the best products, prices, and services. The online shops with the highest scores out of 10 were then awarded “Best Online Shops 2020.” This was broken down into 39 categories, one of which was Pet Supply, where Allivet landed the top spot.

Not to brag, but we are very certain they got it right! We realize that the product we offer at Allivet is not just any consumer good. We are focused on products that improve the overall health of one of your most prized family members: your fur baby. Over the years, Allivet has had increased focus on customer service. We don’t like to treat our company as simply a pharmacy. We very much consider ourselves an online retailer as well, and the expectation should be as such. The customer should expect (and receive!) lightning fast shipping times, attentive and thorough customer service, and 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed, or their money back.

While Newsweek has formally recognized Allivet, we have seen the recognition for years from our loyal customer base, as you can see in our online reviews. No matter how many accolades we receive, we here at Allivet will continue to strive every day to ensure that our service only gets that much better, because your fur babies deserve it!

Arthritis in Dogs

arthritis in dogs

You may have noticed that your dog has started to slow down in recent years. He may have started to sleep more, and be less interested in play and walks. While slowing down a bit is normal for older dogs, it can also be a sign of arthritis.

Although arthritis is commonly seen in seniors, it can also affect very young dogs and cause them to experience joint pain. Unfortunately, this is a chronic illness that can affect your dog’s quality of life if not diagnosed in time.

That’s why it is very important that you learn everything there is to know about arthritis in dogs. Read More

Cat Behaviors Explained

Cat Behaviors

Have you ever wondered why cats behave in a certain way? If you’re a cat owner, chances are that you’ve seen your cat do all kinds of strange, unexplained cat behaviors — like stare and blink at you from across the room, or butt her head against you, or massage his paws against your leg.

Believe it or not, your cat isn’t just being silly. Each one of these behaviors actually has a meaning, and in many cases, even reflects the way your cat feels about you and your relationship.

Here’s a look at the real reasons behind four of the most common cat behaviors. Read More

Train an Outdoor Cat to Stay Indoors

outdoor cat

If you have a cat that enjoys a good portion of its day outdoors, you might think training it to be an indoor cat is an impossible task. However, while the process may be a bit tedious at times, it can be done.

Some of the reasons you might be thinking about keeping your outdoor cat indoors for the remainder of its life include moving to a new area. A cat that is unfamiliar with the area could get lost. Another reason could be the cat’s safety. If you live in an area with other stray cats, and wild animals such as coyotes and foxes, you may wish to avoid any unfortunate incidents. Or you may simply want to make your outdoor cat an indoor cat so that it can avoid fleas and ticks. You’ve probably also read that indoor cats live longer than outdoor cats.

Regardless of the reasons, in order to train your outdoor cat to be an indoor cat, there are several steps and factors to consider. Read More

How to Introduce Your New Kitten to Your Older Cat

New kitten

So, you’re thinking about getting a new kitten to keep your older cat company. In your mind, their first meeting will be straight out of a Disney movie; the kitten playfully bops your older cat on the nose, the older cat’s surprise turns to delight and they become best buds forever. The end.

In reality, it’s probably not going to be so easy.

While bringing a new kitty into the family is an exciting time, if you already have a resident cat at home, you will need to take necessary steps to ensure both cats get on and live together in harmony. In this article, we’ll take a look at the things you can do to ensure that those first meetings are a stress-free experience for both kitties. Read More