Staying home? Here’s how to keep your pet happy and healthy

Staying home? Here’s how to keep your pet happy and healthy

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, people across the globe and right here in Omaha are taking precautions. Health officials worldwide have recommended social distancing efforts such as working from home, staying inside as much as possible and limiting public activities. You can learn more about how to protect yourself on the Centers for Disease Control’s website.

Chances are you and your furry friends will be seeing a whole lot more of each other over the coming weeks. We’ve put together a few tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy as you take measures to safeguard your own health.

Stock up on food & supplies shipped to your house

Stock up on food & supplies shipped to your house.

If you’ve been stocking up on nonperishable foods and Clorox wipes, don’t forget to stock up on pet supplies, too. Stores like Chewy.com and PetCo have autoship options, so you can ensure you don’t run out of important pet supplies like food, cat litter or puppy pads.

Refill your pet’s medications

You don’t want to run out of important medications. Give us a call at (402) 884-3383 if you need to refill or stock up on any important medications. Flea and ticks are still a threat to your pets — so make sure to have a few months’ supply handy to keep them protected as spring arrives. If you need refills, we encourage you to call our office for coordination. A drop-off or curbside service approach will be taken to limit exposure and reviewed with you at time of scheduling.

Order few extra toys for your pets

Fido will be tickled to spend more time with you. But if you’re working from home, you still need to focus. Interactive toys will keep them busy while you meet your deadlines. For dogs, we like the Kong — try filling it with peanut butter — or a dental bone. Your cat might enjoy some good old-fashioned catnip. This natural herb is a great way to encourage your pets to move and play.

Exercise is important — for both of you

Try to maintain your daily exercise schedule for both you and your pets. If you’re working from home, you’ll need a break. Take time to play fetch in the backyard. If you’re able to, walk your dogs in a nonpublic area. Cats can enjoy some good exercise with toys like the cat dancer.


We’ve been asked: Can pets get COVID-19? The good news is that according to the American Veterinary Medical Association , experts agree there is no evidence at this time that pets can catch COVID-19 or that they can spread it to other animals or people. If you become sick, it is recommended that you limit your contact with pets. The CDC always recommends hand-washing after being around animals. You can learn more at the AVMA’s website.

If you have any other questions or concerns, call your doctor at Fort Street Veterinarian: (402) 884-3383.