HEALTH & NUTRITION
Together, we are the health guardians of our pets.
We all want to provide the very best health for ourselves, our families, and our pets. In these extraordinary circumstances, it is important to keep good health practices top of mind. In an effort to help you, here is practical information to foster the health and well-being of your cats and dogs, now and always.
Important to know
Human Coronaviruses belong to a family of viruses called Coronaviridae. Coronaviruses tend to be species specific. Current research shows that it is very unlikely that COVID-19 can be transmitted between humans and pets or from one pet to another.* This means it is ok to continue loving your pets as always.
Keep them hydrated
Keep clean water available for your pets at all times.
Maintain your pets' nutritional needs
Ensure that each pet receives the nutrition that his or her health needs (this is especially so for pets that have a special veterinary diet). Please ensure you have sufficient quantity on hand and contact your pet nutrition supplier with any questions about product availability.
Keep your pet active
As you and your family spend more time at home, it is important that each pet receives the exercise it needs. Find new ways to play inside – feeding puzzles and indoor toys can help stimulate your pet’s mind and exercise his or her body.
Walk your dog safely
Make sure your dog is sufficiently walked outside, following government’s guidelines. When walking your dog, practice ‘social distancing’ with other people and animals.
Practice good hygiene with your pets
Always practice good hygiene and proper hand washing when handling pets.
Contact your veterinarian as needed
Call your veterinarian if you have any concerns for the health of your pets.
If you need to be separated from your pet for a period of time, make plans for his or her ongoing safety and care.
Healthy and happy together
Scientific evidence demonstrates that pets can provide tangible health benefits - physical and emotional - to their owners. Pets can help us cope during these times.**
Studies have also shown that animals can act as 'stress buffers'. They often ease the distress associated with anxiety-provoking experiences, and help decrease our perception of physical and emotional pain.**
*Source: World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
**Source: Waltham Human Animal Interaction Playbook
RESOURCES ON SPORTING DOG HEALTH & NUTRITION
Carbohydrates: They’re as Important as Protein and Fat
Part of the reason that carbohydrates are neglected is because sporting dogs can function without them. But just because they can doesn’t mean that they should. Carbohydrates should be a part of every sporting dogs’ diet if we want to optimize performance.
Critical Nutrients Sporting Dogs Need for Healthy Hair & Skin
Bird dogs and retrievers work in harsh environments. Whether they’re running through New England Hawthorns, retrieving in January along Maryland’s Eastern Shore, or casting through prickly pear in Arizona, their hair and skin keep them safe.