Drowned in endless Zoom calls and the other million projects we said we would do during this time? Many times, we forget about our furry friends and their health. There are many things we share in common with pets, the struggles of isolation is one of them. If you do not have the time to give them everything they need, hire a professional like us, that will care and love them just as much as you do!
Living in the times we live in, we need to pay more attention to our pet’s health as much as our own. In accordance with Heather Loenser, D.V.M. and senior veterinary officer at the American Animal Hospital Association, isolation can lead to depressive behaviors in animals like loss of appetite and lost interest in play in some dogs and more anxious and destructive behaviors like increased reactivity and difficulty settling in others. We also share stress and depressive management techniques with our furry friends, here are some of the most common:
- Regular exercise and play: You know what they say “a tired pup is a good pup!” This is because dogs benefit from exercise and fresh air as much as we do. It is important to get your dog on an exercise routine to support other elements such as training and feeding. Also, the more they exercise the less energy they will have to wonder around the yard or the kitchen! Beyond helping with isolation issues, exercise and play help support healthy aging by easing chronic health issues so you can enjoy your furry friend’s quirks for a long time.
- Socialization: let’s remember our furry friends are social creatures, and they need contact and interaction (safely) with other pups for their overall health. Social interaction and play helps our pups to decrease anxiety and stress. In addition, socialization helps with boosting a furry friend’s confidence and managing depressive behaviors due to isolation.
- New experiences: have you noticed how your furry friend goes crazy when you visit a new park? That is because the new smells positively stimulate your furry friend’s brain! The more new places, new experiences, new friends they make, the happier and healthier they will be. This technique has been proven to decrease separation anxiety and other depressive behaviors.
So let’s make sure we are giving our furry friends all the attention they need to stay happy and healthy. You are not alone, we are all busy! This is why small businesses like us exist, to lend a helping and loving hand (or paw)!
Supporting Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/smarter-living/dog-pets-quarantine-coronavirus-tips.html