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Pet safety during a Pandemic

Does Covid 19 virus pandemic pose a real risk to our pets safety ?

Yes and no. There have not been extensive cases of household pets like cats and dogs contracting Covid-19, however, now that we are almost a year into this worldwide pandemic, more cases have been reported.

Let’s talk about Pet safety during a pandemic. There is a minimal risk to our pet’s safety during this pandemic if we take simple precautions. During this pandemic, there have been very few cases of the virus transferring from pets to humans. The few cases on record happened were likely caused by the animals’ close contact with an already infected person. Therefore, it’s a good idea to practice proper hygiene around pets. Wash your hands after petting and feeding. Wash their bedding frequently. It is important to keep them safe too.

What to do if your pet is diagnosed with Covid-19

What are symptoms of the virus in dogs?

Symptoms of Covid 19 in pets are similar to humans. They can develop a cough, fever and runny nose yet symptoms are likely to be mild. It is not the same reaction as people. If you suspect your pets have been exposed or infected, call the vet and notify them. There is no vaccine available, but a vet can best advise how to treat your pet. Therefore, it a good idea to practice safety measures around them especially if you feel under the weather. It is more likely for you to get them sick , than the other way around.

But please, don’t ever put a mask on your pet.

However, please keep your pet in a clean safe environment and wash your hands after tending to them.

There is no evidence that the virus can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets. Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other products not approved for animal use.”

CDC website

What can we do to keep all our family members healthy ?

Although many of us are working from home these days during this pandemic, pet safety and your pets need to be considered on a daily basis. This has changed their lives as well. Many kids are home from school. Because we are at home more pets all over the world pets are receiving and enjoying the extra constant company. The dog and I are taking longer walks and enjoying more cuddle time. Fortunately, the risk for infection being around just household members is very minimal.

To stay healthy we continue on our daily dog walks. However, we stay six feet away from other responsible pet owners. We enjoy meeting new people and pets, but currently it is being avoided for safety of everyone. If a household member were to get a positive covid-19 test reading, our pets would need to be quarantined away from others for two weeks.

Pizza the Wonder cat, is an indoor-only cat. Cats are thought to be more likely than dogs to catch COVID -19. however since he doesn’t leave his bed, don’t worry he is safe.

pal of the week Pizza

Pal Of The Week- Meet Pizza Our Mascot

This week our Pal of the week is Pizza the Wonder Cat I adopted this laid back California cat when he was just a tiny kitten. Walking into my local animal shelter ten years ago, minutes before closing a volunteer walked in with a litter of kittens. He wasn’t even 2 lbs. when I first held him. It was kitten season at the time and I was allowed to take him home the next day to fatten him up. A few weeks later he went in to get sterilized. He has been a happy homebody ever since.

Life with Pizza my pal

He has been an indoor cat his whole life. As you can see, he gets all the attention he wants. Although some cats like being alone,, this big guy’s favorite hobby is snuggling and hanging out with the other household pet. This cat will do just about anything for some of his favorite treats including opening drawers to help himself. He was part of my inspiration to start this blogging adventure. Through most of my shenanigan he has stuck it out with me, this is no different. We have moved multiple times and with multiple roommates over the years. He is a patient loving cat. This is the first time in his where he could hang out with a dog. It took some time but they are now calm around each other, mostly. Even though the dog loves to bark, Pizza rarely swipes at her. Today, he is a daily part of the quality control team at A Wandering Pet. He is always testing products (and getting scolded for sleeping on the keyboard often). When not “supervising” he hangs with the other pet at home, living his best life. This is why I wanted to celebrate Pizza as pal of the week.

3 mos old
3years (the rebel years)

Today he is still very active. He does enjoy long naps on his favorite blanket. I am looking forward to cooler weather when he will want to snuggle under the blankets.

10 years old

Dog Agility Training

Dog agility training can be great fun, whether training for competitions or just looking for a new activity with your pet. Most commonly done with dogs, pet agility training provides structured training activities and exercise for both pets and human companions alike. In agility trials, pets compete off-leash with their handlers on timed courses.

Dog agility training for dogs is based roughly on equestrian stadium jumping competitions, and was first introduced at the Crufts pet Show in England in 1979. Pet agility training was originally intended purely as entertainment for spectators at the show, but interest in competitive pet agility training quickly grew.

Dog agility training equipment includes obstacles such as jumps, tunnels, closed tunnels, weave poles, pause tables, A-frames, pet walks, see-saws and tire jumps. Pet agility training equipment is made from a variety of materials and can be intended for short-term use (for example, backyard fun or if you are just starting out and unsure agility training is right for you and your pet) or competition-caliber equipment. Resources abound to purchase ready-made equipment, or you can find instructions to build some obstacles on your own using common materials such as PVC pipe. Since pet agility training equipment is used in competition, most equipment and instructions to build your own equipment are standard.

In Dog agility training competitions, the obstacles are arranged in different order and different configurations for each competition. The pets and handlers have a set amount of time prior to the competition to familiarize themselves with the course. Handlers may give any verbal or hand signals to their pets, but cannot touch the pets or the equipment in any way. The difficulty of the course varies, depending on the level of the competition. Pets are divided into classes based upon the height of the dogs; these classes determine the height of various obstacles on the course. The height of the obstacles are based on the height of the shortest dog in each class.

Whether you want to train your pet to compete or just have fun, pet agility training can provide hours of fun and good exercise for you and your pet. Training a pet to use agility equipment takes time and patience. Be sure your pet is in good physical health before beginning training. Always monitor your pet carefully and take care not to push too hard in training. You will want to be sure you have plenty of treats or non-food rewards to praise your pet for a job well done. Many pets, when rewarded with praise or treats, perform very well at pet agility training.