A Guide For First Time Dog Owners During The Pandemic

A Guide For First Time Dog Owners During The Pandemic


Since the COVID-19 virus took the world by surprise and pushed people to stay inside their homes, many people decided to become first-time dog owners. Adoption and foster rates skyrocketed and the ASPCA reported a 70 percent increase in animals going for foster care in the US. In fact, several adoption centers witnessed a significant rise in the number of cats and dogs going into foster care during the pandemic. Perhaps, it is safe to say that shelter-in-place orders have allowed many people across the US to take care of cats and particularly dogs in these crucial times. 


Not only this but this one of the great times to adopt pets. They can accompany you in times of isolation, love you unconditionally, and provide comfort when you feel a little under the weather. So, if it's your first time adopting an act or a dog during the pandemic, here are a few things you can do to provide them with the best care and attention. However, before we dive into the nitty and gritty of dog care let’s help you learn whether you can contract the coronavirus from your dog or not. 


Can I Get Coronavirus From My Dog?



Honestly speaking, the answer to this question is quite complicated because, at the onset of the virus spread, many reports suggested that dogs are not carriers of the COVID-19 virus. However, only recently the virus was detected in animals like the tiger and cats. In a report, it was shown the animals who came in contact with COVID-19 affected patients have been diagnosed with the same condition. Although the nature of the spread of the virus from animals to humans is still under research. 


A study researched the nature of transmission of the virus from animals to humans and vice versa. The study went on to say that cats can carry the virus if they come in contact with a COVID-19 affected patient. The study also suggested that further evaluation is required to see if the virus can transmit from animals to humans as easily as it spreads from humans to animals. Also, so far besides cats and tigers, no reports show that dogs are also carriers of the coronavirus. So, for now, as a precautionary measure, you have to make sure that your dog does not come in contact with an affected person. That said, now let’s take a look at some pet care tips during the pandemic.


Make Your Home Pet Friendly


If you have recently fostered a pet, the first thing you need to do is make your house pet-proof. Your dog would like to roam around the house and anything dangerous inside the house can be a problem for your dog. For instance, an open wire can get wrapped around your dog’s neck. Or else any sharp object lying carelessly in your house can cause injury to your dog. So, make sure that you keep these objects away from the reach of your dog. Also, get rid of potted plants inside the house. Your dog can chew on them and fall ill. Besides this, ensure complete sanitization. Clean the food plate or bowl of the dog regularly. Sanitize your dog space with disinfectants and ensure that you groom your dog at least once in a week. 


Do Not Socialize


Dogs require a routine and sometimes socializing with family members and neighbors can help them stay calm. However, socializing with neighbors is not a wise option. You can create a routine for your pet to get to know your family members, only if they have not been isolated, quarantined, or affected by the virus. In addition, having more time in your hands allows you to spend more time with your dog. So, instead of playing video games all day with valorant boosting features, spend time with your dog. Other forms of socializing can be adopting two dogs instead of one. You can help them bond with each other and they can keep each other company when you are not around. Also, if in case you have to go under quarantine and self-isolate, allow your other family members to keep the company until things normalize. 


Take Your Dog Out For A Walk


Weigh all your options and find out if you can take your dog out for a little walk or not. After all, staying inside the home can be taxing for the physical and mental well-being of your dog. If you can then take your dog out for a walk keeping in mind the social distancing factors. Stay at least six feet apart from other individuals. More vitally, keep your dog on the leash and do not let go of the leash. Also, if you have a backyard or a small space in front of your house. Let your dog wander within the confines of your home. This way they will stay happy and away from the blues of being locked inside the house.


Take note that washing your hands every time you come back from walking your dog is mandatory. So, make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you are worried your dog will get accustomed to the unusual quiet in the cities these days. Change the same by playing sounds of traffic, and other noises in the house. You can also sing, dance and make merry when your dog is around.     


Talk To A Vet In Case Of Emergency                                                       


If you feel your cat or dog's behavior is unusual, talk to a vet, and take advice. However, if the situation does not normalize and you think your dog needs medical attention, visit a nearby veterinary. Although keep in mind that visiting a vet during the pandemic will be quite different. You might have to wait in the car while a concerned person comes and takes your dog inside the clinic. These steps are taken by vets to ensure the safety of both the medical staff and the dog owner. This also means that you may not be able to assist your dog, but desperate times call for desperate measures.