With most of us back working from home, it’s understandable that sometimes our pets can feel like we’re stepping on their toes.
What can we as pet owners do better this time around during the lockdown? Eat less? Walk more? Both, but more importantly, be more considerate.
If your pet seems to be acting differently in this lockdown, Lee Griffin, founder, and CEO of Go Compare, shares what they could be trying to tell you.
1 They aren’t as hungry as what they tell you they are
Like humans, pets probably get bored throughout the day when they are not doing anything, and especially if you’re around, they will request attention and for you to feed them. Whilst you’re busy and occupied, you might lose track of how much food you’ve actually given and that’s where problems start. Reduced lifespans, heart disease and diabetes are just some of the issues that may result from overeating, so make sure you keep strictly to mealtimes and regulate treats to avoid this issue.
2 If you have a dog, take slower walks
Dogs spend a fraction of the time we humans spend outside, or at least they used to, so it’s no wonder they want to sniff everything they come across. Working from home means lunch hours can be spent with these furry friends, but there’s no need to rush them when you do take them outside. If you can, try and increase your walks by an extra 20 minutes, this will then allow your dog to appreciate the walk they are on. Not only is it beneficial for their heath, but for your too.
3 If they are sleeping, leave them – but also watch how they go about their day
Pets don’t really want to worry their owners, but it’s interesting to see what they do on a working day whilst you’re around. Usually, pets will potter around or take prolonged naps, but every so often watch how they act. Doggy depression is real, and social movements or house moves could cause this. When your pet is around, make sure you show them love and give attention – but of course, don’t over do it. If you start to notice worrying patterns in your pet’s routine, it’s probably worth getting checked out.
4 Listen to them closely
If you’re working from home, try to have a quiet period for both you and your pets. Endless calls, music, or distractions might make them feel uneasy or anxious. Heavy panting could be a sign of a health condition, or it might just be a sign they are overheating – but if you are finding that this happens regularly, it’s best to get it checked