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Caring for a Senior Pet During the Pandemic

During these trying times, pet parents aim to do their best to take care of their pets (especially the senior ones) during the COVID-19 pandemic. And with strict restrictions being implemented to prevent the spread of the disease, looking after your senior pet may have posed some challenges.

That’s why in this article, we have come up with efficient plans so your senior pet will be taken care of in the right and safest ways.

A red-haired dachshund puppy in a gauze bandage against the virus is looking at the camera, isolate.

" Remember not to underfeed or overfeed your pet. Feeding them less or more than the right amount may put their health at risk. "

Observe Social Distancing

Until now, more information is needed to know how COVID-19 affects animals just like how it affects humans, particularly children, seniors, and immuno-compromised.

For your senior pet to remain safe during the pandemic:

  • When walking them, always walk them on a leash and keep at least 2 meters away from other people and animals.
  • Do not let them socialize or interact with people and other pets that are not from your own household.
  • Avoid public places or large crowds where people and their pets gather together.
  • Supervise your fur-baby all the time. Make sure they don’t get in contact with strangers or stray animals.
  • Refrain from letting other people touch your pet.

Share Your Pet’s Care

If you are feeling unwell, avoid touching, petting, snuggling, or kissing your senior pet. As the CDC recommends, it is best to avoid any contact with your pet if you or anybody from your household is sick.

We know it’s hard to stay away from your fur-baby but this is only for the meantime and for everybody’s good. Doing so will help prevent the spread of any diseases from being transferred to your pet’s fur, chews, collar, or blankets, then to anyone that comes into contact with your pet or their belongings.

Maintain Proper Hygiene

Making sure both you and your senior pet keep clean is crucial to staying healthy during the pandemic. If you and your pet necessarily have to leave the house, wash your hands before and after handling them. Also, consider wiping your pet’s paws before and after they come back inside the house. Giving your pet a quick bath or regular showers to maintain their hygiene is also suggested.

Have Them Potty Indoors

Taking your senior pet outside to potty can be risky during the pandemic. To save you and your fur-baby the trouble, you can have your pet potty inside your house by putting up a potty area. This will be the designated place where your pet can freely pee or poop whenever they feel the urge to. Your potty area must be able to absorb all the wetness and lock it in, and that’s what Pawtect™ Pads are made for. These pads are also made with WickQuick® anti-tracking feature that prevents any mess to be tracked all over your home. Additionally, you can also use our Pawtect™ Pads as litter bedding for your senior cat’s litter box. These pads will catch any “misses”, providing you with an accident-free home during the pandemic.

However, teaching your senior pet to potty indoor or to use the litter box may take time and may require days to weeks of training. As an alternative solution, you can have your senior pet wear our Pet Parents® Diapers so that they will no longer have to go outside to do their business. These diapers were designed both for your cat and your dog, to prevent accidents from turning into messes. Pet Parents® Diapers have a leak-proof, water-proof shell makes sure messes stay inside the diaper.

Don’t Forget the Playtimes

Just because there is a pandemic doesn’t mean you and your pet should stop having fun. Playtimes and exercises are as important as everything else. Keeping your pet physically and mentally stimulated will help keep your fur-baby healthy, as they probably are spending most of their days indoors.

Provide Healthy Diets

Remember not to underfeed or overfeed your pet. Feeding them less or more than the right amount may put their health at risk. Your fur-baby will need all the nutrients to remain healthy and strong throughout these uncertain times that’s why it is important to feed them well. Feed them a good diet with whole foods, fiber, protein, etc., and stay away from unhealthy foods and treats as much as possible.

To help strengthen your fur-baby’s health, provide them with Pet Parents® SoftSupps® that is created at the highest level, Safe Quality Food facility, making it safe to give to your pet. Pet Parents® SoftSupps® helps target issues concerning allergies, bladder, stress & anxiety, hip & joint, the gut, skin & coat, the immune system, and a lot more!

Note: Pet Parents® SoftSupps® are for dogs only. For cats, it’s best to consult your vet for suitable supplements.

Have a Plan in Place

It’s important to have back-up plans for your pet in case you catch the virus. For this reason, the Humane Society International urges pet parents to provide action plans, in the event that they become sick and will be unable to care for their pets.

  • Ask a friend, a family member, or a trusted pet care center to foster your pet if you’re sick or currently undergoing treatment or quarantine.
  • Ready in advance all your pet’s supplies, including their food, medications, supplements, chews, and blankets. For pets who may go suffer from separation anxiety, it’s best to provide them with Pawtect™ Blankets that may serve as their comfort blanket and help provide them a safe place. These blankets are waterproof and made from a special faux fur fabric that offers your fur-baby comfort and warmth.
  • For dogs, it’s great to provide Gnawtlers® to keep them stimulated and Pet Parents® Calming SoftSupps® to help them remain calm and relaxed during these stressful situations.
  • See to it that your pet’s vaccinations, tick prevention methods, and identification tags are updated.

" It’s best to provide them with Pawtect™ Blankets that may serve as their comfort blanket and help provide them a safe place. "

Our four-legged family members serve as the light during these dark pandemic times. Keeping them safe and healthy must be our top priority because when all this is over, you and your fur-baby will be ready to face the world again - happier and healthier.

The Author:

Micka Virtudazo

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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