Social Distancing With Your Pet

a person walking a dog on a leash

In times of social distancing, our activity options have to change. But that doesn’t mean exercising our pets should stop! If your outdoor space is limited, you can still have fun at home while staying active with your pet inside. Puzzle toys, pet-safe laser pointers, feather wands, and even a condensed game of fetch or chase can all be utilized as exercise in your home. Teaching a new trick to your pet is also a good way to exercise both your pet’s body and mind.

If you’re able to take your pet outside, be sure to keep him on a leash to prevent any unnecessary close contact with other people or animals. You should avoid areas where others congregate. These areas can include dog parks and dog waste receptacles. Doing so, will limit your exposure to surfaces that may harbor infectious germs. In addition to their intended use, dog waste bags act as good temporary gloves, if you have to touch doorknobs and handles when taking your pet outside.

Don’t let social distancing put an end to excercise for you and your pet! It is is a great way for both of you to stay healthy and active.

Do not hesitate to contact your friends at Hill & Harbour Veterinary Center with any questions or concerns regarding your pet.