• Dr. Katie Woodley

Keeping Your Pet Healthy During a Crisis

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

#pethealth #covid #avma #holisticmedicine #holistichealth #socialdistancing

We are in an interesting time in the world. Social distancing is a new thing and feels uncomfortable. However, we must get a bit uncomfortable in order to slow the spread of disease and isolate ourselves. This does not mean no contact or never leaving the house again. We are very lucky, because we have so many technological tools that still allow us to connect with others. I recommend using Skype, zoom calls, facetiming, or any others that you may have to continue to connect with friends and family. We do not want to become more lonely and disconnected when we need human connection and support the most right now. The Natural Pet Doctor is committed to supporting you now more than ever.

What are some of the things you can do to keep your pet healthy?

Do you have a Disaster Kit ready for your pet? If not, do not worry, because we have you covered. Click the picture below to download the kit which will help you determine what you need to get through this pandemic, but also keep you prepared for any type of disaster, whether it is evacuation from fires, earthquakes or other natural disasters.

You want to make sure you have enough pet food, water and medications at home to last at least two weeks, but preferably a month. There is nothing worse than running out of medication for your pet, calling the vet clinic to only find that they had to close up shop too. Being prepared for the worst case scenario is always better than pretending that events like this will never happen.

What else can you do to help your pet?

There is a lot of misinformation right now regarding pets and COVID-19. You always want to double check any information you hear by going to reputable and current resources. These are three great resources you can go to for your most current information in regards to our health and your pets' health:

1) CDC

2) World Health Organization (WHO)

3) American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

In our previous blog post, we discussed how to ensure our pet's immune systems are optimized all the time. If you are not already adding in real food like organic blueberries or broccoli, start doing this now. Garlic is also ok in small amounts and has anti-viral properties. You can safely add 1 garlic clove chopped or crushed into the food per 20 pounds per day. If you're pet is on any medications, please check with your veterinarian first.

Also, you can optimize your pet's health with certain supplements, like Immune System Support and RX Coriolus Forte which are discussed on our previous blog. And finally, get outside and continue to be active with your pets. Your dog's leash is about 6 feet in length, which is the distance we are supposed to be keeping from each other at this time. Your dog is a great guide for social distancing and great companion to get healthy and stay healthy together.

We are implementing some FREE webinars to help pet parents stay up to date on the current situation and to provide some tips and tools to keep your pet's healthy. Join us for our first of these series this Saturday March 21st at 10am MST. Click the below picture to register for free. We look forward to continuing to partner together virtually!

*Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Dr. Katie Woodley cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make medical recommendations for your pet without first establishing a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

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