Pandemics change pets, too

May 21, 2020

Pandemics change pets, too

by Dr. Debra F. Horwitz | Behavior Bits

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought changes to all our lives and thrown our usual daily routines out the window.  If you were not deemed to be in an essential business, you are likely working from home.  And if you are a pet owner, it creates changes and a new relationship for you and your pet.

Change is not necessarily bad, however, these changes upset normal routines, replace relaxing down time with more companionship and challenge how many of us saw our role and relationship with our pets.  I am sure that we all have some common areas of concern as this social distancing continues.

First, how do we meet the needs we have to get our work done?  Second, how much attention to our pets is enough?  Third, if we have adopted a new pet are there some special consideration knowing we may not work from home forever?  Finally, how do we transition our pets back to being alone when we go back to work in our offices? Stay tuned and we hope to provide answers to all your questions.

About the Author

Dr. Debra F. Horwitz
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • 2012 recipient of the Veterinarian of the Year
  • NAVC 2012 and NAVC 2014 Small Animal Speaker of the Year

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