With empty shelves in the stores and panic buying rife, many people are thinking about stocking up in case they need to self-quarantine or are faced with a shelter-in-place order. And while there’s no need to go crazy, it’s not a bad idea to have some supplies on hand, and that includes stocking up for your pets. But what do you actually need to make sure your pets are safe and happy when it comes to a self-isolation period? Read on for our comprehensive guide.
Food – at least 14 days’ supply
Try to stick to the brand and flavor your pet is used to if you can. Abrupt changes in diet can give your pet an upset stomach, which is the last thing you want at this time!
Feel free to keep giving your pet the odd treat, but don’t radically change the type or amount of treats you’re giving your pet, just because you may be home more.
Medication – at least 14 days’ supply
If your pet takes any medication regularly, make sure you have enough to see you through a period of isolation. Be mindful of the fact that prescriptions may take longer to refill than usual.
Flea, tick and heartworm preventatives
It’s important to stay up to date on your pet’s monthly flea, tick and heartworm preventatives even if they’re spending more time than usual indoors. Make sure to order refills with plenty of advance notice if needed.
Be mindful of the fact that prescriptions and deliveries may take longer than usual.
Cat litter, dog poop bags, and dog pee pads if you use them
These items go without saying. But again, online stores are experiencing longer than usual delivery times, so if you need to order in more essentials, do it with plenty of time to spare!
If your pets are starting to get a little bit antsy being cooped up, a new toy or two might help to keep them occupied (and give you some peace to focus on your work!) If you need some more inspiration, check out our recent article on how to keep your dog entertained indoors.
Pet first aid kit
If you don’t have a dedicated pet first aid kit, the kind you have for yourself should be adequate for any minor indoor accidents.
Vet information and plan of action
Make sure you have your vet’s (and e-vet’s if applicable) contact information handy. If your vet has closed due to the shutdowns, find an alternative vet who is accepting new patients before you need them!
If you can’t leave your house, make sure you have a plan of action for how to get your pet to a vet if needed, with a healthy family member or friend as a volunteer to take your place.
Small Door is here for you
We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. We’re here for you and your pets. Remember, you can contact us 24/7 via the app if you have any concerns about your pet.