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:
- VetCrafted Multi-Vitamin Soft Chews for Dogs
- Denamarin for Dogs and Cats
- Vetri-Science Nu Cat Multivitamin
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.