This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills



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5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy During the Pandemic

The pandemic is hard on everyone-even our pets. While it is growing increasingly important to focus on our own physical and mental health, it is also important that we do what we can to keep our pets healthy and happy. If you are struggling with how to keep your dog in tip-top shape during the pandemic, here are 5 helpful tips.

Social Distance Your Dog

Unfortunately, now is not the time to be making new friends in the neighborhood or in the dog park. While the jury is still out on if dogs can truly get coronavirus, it is best that they steer clear of close contact with new dogs for the time being. If your dog seems bored or lonely as a result of not being able to play with other dogs, be sure to provide lots of entertainment for them at home and give them extra attention and love.

Feed a Healthy Diet

Don’t let your dog fall down the rabbit hole of eating junk food while quarantined. Of course you may go a bit more treat-heavy than usual as you work on learning new tricks while stuck at home, but it is important that you do not overdo it, especially if they are not getting as much exercise as they are used to. Feed them quality, whole foods, and add nutritious supplements to their meal like fish oil to keep their skin and joints healthy, or probiotics and digestive enzymes. If you are unsure if what is right for your pet, look up some nutra thrive reviews for the most up-to-date, unbiased information with the right supplement for your dog.

Play, Play, Play

Particularly if you have socially distanced your dog from other dogs, you should ensure that he is getting appropriate exercise for his breed, size, and activity level. If you have an extremely peppy, active dog that is used to tons of activity, then you should do what you can to ensure that he is still getting enough fun time at home. The recommended amount of daily exercise for most dogs is 30 minutes to 2 hours, but certain dogs need more or less than this. You know your dog and how much exercise he is used to getting. A tired dog is a good dog, and you don’t want any bad behaviors to form or any accidents to happen while you are both stuck at home.

Keep Them Groomed

If you are lucky enough to have a groomer that is opened or-even better- a mobile groomer who will come to you and groom in your driveway, you are ahead of the curve. It is important that you do not let your dog’s hygiene fall by the wayside during the pandemic, even if it means attempting to do some at-home hair cutting. Dogs with long, ungroomed hair are more likely to get overheated and are also at risk for serious matting and skin issues. If possible, have your vet assess your dog to determine if grooming is essential to their health, and ask him to write a letter if so. Some groomers are currently only allowed to see dogs that are deemed “medically necessary,” so you should see if this is an option for your pet if they are in dire need of a spa day.

Stick to a Schedule

Odds are your dog is not used to having you around so often, and he is excited and confused about the new lifestyle changes. Try to enforce a schedule, particularly if you are working from home, so that your dog has some structure and most importantly, doesn’t interrupt your Zoom meetings! Wake up at the same time each day, then feed, walk, play, and go about your day in the same way every morning so your pal gets used to the new normal.

The pandemic is tough for both humans and animals. Use these easy tips and both you and your dog will survive “sheltering in place” with no problem.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.