The COVID-19 pandemic is proving difficult to get under control. Infection numbers are still high and lockdowns, while effective, are not a silver bullet. While vaccines are being administered, the virus still poses a big risk to people’s health. It seems highly likely that lockdowns will need to continue well into 2021.
Lockdowns are difficult for everybody. Mental health problems caused by loneliness and stress are prevalent. For this reason, emotional support animals are more popular than ever because the companionship they provide massively boosts people’s mental wellbeing.
ESAs improve the lives of their owners by providing selfless love and affection. It is crucial that, at this difficult time, ESA owners do everything possible to make sure their loyal ESAs are healthy and happy in lockdown. Lockdowns can be challenging for emotional support pets as well as for their owners. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important that we all look out for each other, and this includes our ESAs.
Read on to discover the top ways ESA pet owners can prepare for another lockdown in future.
What Are The Recommendations For Pet Owners Who Are Quarantined During The COVID-19 Pandemic?
Emotional support pet owners must make sure that they keep their pets healthy and happy during lockdown. If you are quarantined, it may mean that you cannot leave your home. Making sure your ESA is OK when you are quarantined requires special efforts.
It is imperative that you follow the recommendations for ESA pet owners who are quarantined during the pandemic. You will need to:
- Make sure your ESA has enough healthy food (you will need to get this delivered if you are quarantined)
- Make sure your ESA has enough mental stimulation (toys and games, and a commitment to regular playtime, are crucial)
- Make sure your ESA has plenty of physical exercise (you may need to arrange for somebody else to walk your ESA daily if you cannot leave your home)
Can I Walk My Dog During Lockdown?
You can walk your dog during lockdown. Essential daily exercise for you and your ESA is allowed. However, if you are quarantined, you may not be able to leave your house. In this case, you should arrange for somebody else to walk your dog. It is essential that your dog gets enough exercise during lockdown.
How Can I Keep Pets Happy During Lockdown?
To keep pets in lockdown happy, you must ensure they get:
- Enough healthy food, water, and treats
- Lots of exercise every day
- Daily mental stimulation, interaction, and playtime
- Clean and comfortable bedding and places to relax
- Any necessary health care from a vet
How Can ESA Pet Owners Prepare For Another Lockdown?
Here are seven ways ESA pet owners can prepare for another lockdown…
1. Stock Up On ESA Pet Food
A healthy diet is essential to your emotional support pet’s physical and psychological health and wellbeing. Feeding your ESA the most suitable, high-quality pet food available is one of the most important things you can do to keep your pet happy. To prepare for another lockdown, make sure you have a sufficient supply of pet food for your ESA.
2. Stock Up On Tasty Treats For Your ESA
There are plenty of tasty yet still healthy treats for your ESA. Some variety in your ESAs diet will provide interest and excitement for your pet. Tasty treats are also very helpful when it comes to training your ESA. A tasty bribe usually goes further than mere words of encouragement when it comes to eliciting desirable behaviors from your emotional support pet!
3. Make Sure Your ESA Has Plenty Of Stimulating Toys
Lockdowns can feel a bit tedious and boring for everyone, including emotional support pets – so it is crucial that you provide your ESA with plenty of mental stimulation. Toys are a great way to keep your ESA amused and stimulated, so make sure you have plenty of fun toys on hand in the case of another lockdown.
4. Arrange Necessary ESA Vet Appointments
During lockdown, it may be necessary to communicate with a vet if your ESA has any health issues. An initial vet consultation can be done remotely using telemedicine. It is important that you are well aware of how to contact your ESA’s vet during lockdown in case you have any questions or concerns. When it comes to your ESA’s health, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
5. Make An Exercise Schedule For Your ESA
Regular exercise is absolutely crucial to your ESA’s health and wellbeing. Most emotional support pets will need to be well exercised every single day. To make sure your ESA gets enough exercise, it is a good idea to make a schedule before lockdown and stick to it religiously.
6. Devise A Playing And Training Schedule For Your ESA
Mental and physical stimulation for your ESA is essential. Make sure your ESA is not bored or depressed during lockdown by devising a schedule of daily interacting, training, and playing. Toys, obstacle courses, training to do tricks and desirable behaviors – all of these things will keep your ESA stimulated and happy during lockdown.
7. Maintain A Regular ESA Sleeping Schedule
Create and maintain a regular sleeping schedule for your ESA during lockdown. If you allow your ESA to doze too much during the day it can mean that the animal does not sleep well at night. If your ESA’s body clock becomes confused, this can have negative consequences for their health and wellbeing.
How Can I Get An ESA Letter During Lockdown?
The best way to get an ESA letter during lockdown is to use the Moosh online clinic. Moosh will arrange a telemedicine consultation between you and an ESA doctor in your state. The doctor will examine you and, once your suitability for ESA treatment is established, they will send an ESA letter to you by email.