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
The current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human to human transmission. According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to date, there is no evidence to suggest that companion animals are playing a role in the spread of COVID-19. For the most up to date information on this rapidly evolving situation, please refer to the OIE or WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) websites.
Actions to Take
- Keep clean water available for your pets at all times.
- Ensure that each pet receives the nutrition relevant to its health needs (this is especially so for pets that have a special veterinary diet). Have sufficient quantity on hand and contact your pet nutrition supplier with any questions about product availability.
- 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 its body.
- Make sure your dog is sufficiently walked outside, following government’s guidelines. When walking your dog, practice ‘social distancing’ with other people and animals.
- Always practice good hygiene. For you, this includes proper hand washing when handling pets, and washing their bowls and contact surfaces. For your pets, clean their paws and bodies only with water and mild soap or shampoo suitable for them. Never use harsh cleaners containing bleach or alcohol based products, as this causes harm to them and can be toxic if licked.
- If you need to be separated from your pet for a period of time, make plans for its ongoing safety and care.
- If you are sick with COVID-19 (confirmed or suspected) and recovering at home, avoid close contact with your pet if you can. If you can’t have another member of your household caring for your pet, maintain good hygiene practices and wear a face mask if possible.
- Contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns for the health of your pets.
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: Waltham Petcare Science Institute
RESOURCES ON SPORTING DOG HEALTH & NUTRITION
Carbohydrates: They’re as Important as Protein and Fat
By Russ Kelley, M.S.
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
By Russ Kelley, M.S.
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.