The quarantine continues. We are all in our houses and keeping distance from other humans. With every extension of the non-essential business shut down we are faced with the question of how much do we need to stock up. The first run on the grocery stores left many of us in a state of panic, especially when it came to getting toilet paper. As you plan your next trip to the store to stock up on essentials, make sure to properly budget for your pets needs as well.
Vetco Stock-Up Recommendations
- Food: You don’t want to run out of pet food. This sounds pretty obvious but you don’t want to have to switch pet food because your normal brand is not available. Switching up food can cause stomach upset including vomiting and diarrhea. We suggest buying 4 to 6 weeks worth of pet food. This will ensure that you have enough food to keep your pet on their regular diet. When you have 1 or 2 weeks supply left, start looking for your regular pet food. This will give you time to make sure you can find your normal brand. If you cannot find your normal brand you will want to get the new food in advance of running out so you can slowly switch the food with minimal stomach upset. Keep in mind you may have to order it online and many business are experiencing delays in shipping.
- Litter: It is better to over buy than under buy. If you run out of litter, not only will your cat likely start going to the bathroom on the floor, but if they continue to use old dirty litter they could get sick. You need to make sure your pet has clean fresh litter, so you need to make sure you have a supply of clean fresh litter. Safely buy 6 weeks to 2 months worth of litter. This way you have plenty, but in case your cat does have a tummy upset issue and is using the litter box more than usual, you will have plenty of litter in reserve.
- Potty inside: Not everyone has the ability to take their dogs out on walks now that we are in lock down. This can pose a bit problem in terms of where to let your dog use the restroom. If they have to start going inside, designate an area for them to use. You can get potty training pads, or some doggy astroturf and let them go there. If you don’t have either of those, you can always use newspaper. Make sure you clean it up after they use it so it doesn’t become a health hazard.
Things that Can Wait
We have been getting a lot of questions about annual vaccines during the business shut-down. These can wait. Unless you are doing your puppy shots or are in the middle of a series, your annual vaccines can wait until you can safely come in to our daily walk-in shot clinic.
Non essential surgeries can wait. If you need to get your pet spayed or neutered, this can wait. The only surgery you should be doing right now is emergency surgery.
Pet grooming can wait. If your pet has a particularly unruly coat, go to amazon and buy a good brush or comb. If it is too much to handle, you can shave your pet. We don’t normally recommend shaving as it is not that comfortable for your pet, but shaving is better than getting severe mats and hair clumps.
If you are not sure if you have an emergency situation with your pet, call the local emergency vet and ask them if you need to come in. It is better to call before showing up because they may be able to treat your pet over the phone.