Having to self-isolate can be a challenge, especially if you have a dog and you are used to taking your pup on long walks and to different places like cafes and pubs.
If you have to self-isolate in the UK this means you are advised to remain at home, even if you have a furry friend that needs walking.
So what does this mean for your dog’s usual walks?
Our dogs need walks and exercise to maintain their physical and mental health and staying indoors for the duration of the isolation can pose some issues for your pet.
YuMove, a dog joint supplement company, published tips on how to take care of your dog while isolating.
Walking your dog
If you must self-isolate then you should ask a friend, neighbor, or family member to walk your dog. You could also try a professional dog walker, too. But whoever you choose, always let them know about your circumstances in advance. This way, everyone can take the right precautions to stay safe.
YuMove recommends that your dog walkers use their own leash when taking your dog for a walk. Take special care when handing over your pup and make sure you wash your hands and keep a safe distance (minimum six feet).
If your pet needs to see a vet and you are self-isolating, you should initially give the practice a call to talk through your pet’s issues. Some vets are now providing different ways to help including phone and video consultations and medications in the mail.
In the case of an emergency, YuMove recommends asking someone you know, from outside of your household, to take your pet to the vet. But you should inform your vet of the situation before bringing your pet inside the practice and be aware of any extra precautions that the vet may have in place.
If your pet needs medication, YuMove recommends calling the practice ahead of time and discussing the possibility of having it delivered to your door or asking a family member or friend to collect it. You can also ask family or friends to take your pet to the vet for any due vaccinations they may require.
When self-isolating, pet parents should make sure they have enough pet food for at least two weeks. If you are running low and unable to leave your house to get more, then you will need to ask a friend or family member to get some. Tell them of your situation and set up proper social distancing and disinfection measures to reduce the risk of infection.
If you’re unable to call upon a friend or neighbour, a lot of pet supplies can be ordered online and delivered. Delivery can take longer than expected so always double check before placing your order.
Keeping your pet entertained
If you find that your dog is bored because they are walking less than usual, then there are plenty of ways to keep them happy and entertained including dog puzzles, toys, and many other games.
Dog Trainer and YuMove Ambassador, Anthony Clarke, said, “It can be a worrying time if you are told to self-isolate and you don’t have friends, family or neighbours to rely on to help care for your dog. Something as simple as creating an at-home obstacle course can really get your dog’s heart pumping and their joints moving.”
For more ideas on how to keep your dog entertained indoors, check out ‘9 fun indoor activities to entertain your dog during isolation’.