In many parts of the word, the COVID-19 pandemic is winding down which means that many workers will be heading back to the office after a long period working from home. Also, it means that many pets will be left home alone for the first time in their lives.
During the pandemic, adoption rates for dogs and cats increased 9% in the US with some cities seeing higher rates. In fact, some individual puppies and kittens had long wait lists. These newly added family members provided companionship and comfort to their human parents over these long months, and the reverse is also true. Our pets loved all of that attention they were getting.
However, as many pet parents return to the office, many pets are being left alone for the first time in their lives. Think about it. How would you feel if you were adopted, raised in a loving home with people around 24/7 and then left alone for long hours? Some reports even suggest that pets are now being surrendered to shelters at higher rates than before the pandemic. We could have a potential crisis on our hands.
Pets left alone can develop boredom which leads to anxiety and even health problems. As such, it’s important that we ease into separation from our pets by providing them with plenty of toys and actives such as midday walks. Make sure that physical activity along with healthy eating (such as enjoying PURELUXE formulas) are at the top your priorities for your furry family members. With these preparations, we’ll all get thru this transition and be better for it.