The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of stress and worry in our lives, however, with many of us staying at home during this uncertain time, we have had the privilege of spending more time with our furry friends. The virus has made many pet owners worry about the health and safety of their pets. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough knowledge about COVID-19 to know if it can affect them. The best method of protection is prevention, and supporting our pet’s immune system is a step in the right direction, so today, we will be taking a look at 5 ways to do so.
Control Their Weight
If your pet is overweight, then their immune system is more likely to struggle. The best way to maintain their weight is by controlling their food consumption and increasing their physical activity. Providing your pet with plenty of toys and space to play and move about will allow them to increase their activity levels. You should speak to your vet about portion control and ideal calorie intake for your pet.
A Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is essential for boosting your pet’s immune system, and antioxidants should be included in their diet. These vitamins and minerals found in food can protect cell damage from free radicals. Some pet food already contains antioxidants, but these may be insufficient quantities, so you should consider feeding your loyal companion supplements to make up for this and support their health.
Keep Things Clean
We are all aware of the benefits of hygiene during the pandemic, and maintaining proper hygiene is just as important for our pet. It is good to allow your pet to expose itself to some dirt and bacteria, as this can strengthen their immune system in return. However, balance is key. Washing your dog or cat once or twice a month and keeping their beds, toys and bowls clean will do them the world of good.
Reduce Stress Levels
One of the best things about COVID-19 and pets, is that their stress levels would have mostly gone down due to your continuous presence in the home during lockdown. This would have done wonders for their immune system. However, things will go back to normal soon, so doing what you can to reduce their stress levels while they re-adapt to you being at work is essential for their health.
Take Vet Advice
Your vet will be able to provide you with the best tips on supporting your pet’s immune system and you should always consult them before making any major changes to their diet or lifestyle. During lockdown, most veterinary practices are only seeing pets on an emergency basis, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t pick up the phone and get advice from your vet or a veterinary technician/nurse.
Boosting your pet’s immune system will help to protect them from all kinds of sickness and disease. The things you can do to help them will benefit your pet in many other ways and will keep them happy and healthy for years to come.