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COVID 19 and Pet Care: Everything You Should Know

The Novel Coronavirus has become a serious pandemic across the globe, causing distress to a large number of people. Roads are deserted, and people are now confined to their homes. The new trend of social distancing can be seen everywhere and we are now more cautious about our health than ever before. In these testing times, one should not forget about their beloved pets as their hygiene is also crucial during this period.

Yet, one should not feel too panicky about the situation as there are no pieces of evidence that suggest if companion animals are potential carriers of this virus. At the same time, it is not advised that you let your dogs and cats go out on the streets, just to stay on the safer side.

It turns out, there are a lot of questions that are running on every pet owner’s mind right now.  Most of them want a clear picture of how to keep their cats and dogs in superb health during this Corona crisis. 

In this section, you will see answers to the most commonly asked questions by pet owners from all parts of this world. It shall hopefully clear all the doubts of those pet lovers who are concerned about the health of their dogs and cats. 

So, let us begin,

What Should I Do With My Pets at the Time of Social Distancing?

Your isolation has nothing to do with your pet’s overall health. On the contrary, you are having an opportunity to improve their overall well-being. Just make sure that you have enough pet food at your disposal for a few weeks. If you have medium and large breed dogs, there is a need to keep them busy as these dogs require regular exercise. You can throw around some good dog toys to them for keeping them busy for the next few weeks. Make your isolation period a wonderful time for your pets. 

Can I Still Walk My Dog?

Yes, absolutely. There is no problem with those daily walks. But you need to keep in mind a couple of things. While walking a dog, you should stay 2 meters apart from other people and only one person from the family shall accompany the dog. If someone from your family is showing signs of Coronavirus, your relatives or friends from your community can make your dogs walk outside.

How To Entertain My Cat While Staying Indoors?

Most cats do well while staying indoors. All they need is a clean litter box to do their business and some privacy to enjoy themselves. You can’t be sure of all cats as some felines develop stress and anxiety while staying idle for a long time. For dealing with this issue, you can gift your cats some good stimulating cat toys that do wonders in keeping them occupied. 

What if My Pet Becomes ill During Isolation?

If you feel your pet is having trouble with their health, you should contact your vet without any delay. Veterinary hospitals and dispensaries would be open 24×7 and you can reach out to them when needed. However, you should note that the hospitals are also having limitations during this emergency period. For any minor issues, you can seek assistance through phone or online with your vet.  

What to Do About My Pet’s Vaccinations?

Vets may suspend or delay vaccinations till the lockdown period is over owing to logistical constraints. If you have an unvaccinated kitten, you can wait till the lockdown ends as there are no significant risks associated with it. But, if you have an unvaccinated puppy, it is recommended that they are kept inside and away from stray dogs. They can also be vaccinated once the lockdown is over. 

Can I Train My Dog To Go Toilet Inside?

If you possess an area inside your house that can be used as a dog’s toilet, then absolutely yes. If you don’t have space, you need not worry as there are many high-quality dog diapers available in the market today, according to the size of the breed. An indoor toilet for your dog also means that you will have to deal with bad odors in the room. For eliminating the stinky odors, you can use some excellent odor removers that give out excellent fragrance inside your house. Don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning the toilet area. 

While you have just seen some wonderful tips to keep your pets healthy during this Corona pandemic, there is another little suggestion. Do care about the stray dogs outside, as they heavily depend on humans for their foods. If you can feed those poor animals in your locality, it would go a long way in keeping them happy and secure.


With over 15 years of experience in dealing with pets, the PetsWorld Team is now a constant guide for thousands of pet owners in India. Their passion for improving the lives of pets can be seen in their featured blog posts dedicated to pet care.

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