Tips for keeping your furry friends healthy & happy

With much of the United States on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, pets have found themselves suddenly surrounded by family all day, every day. While dogs are generally thrilled with the extra stimuli and interaction, the drawback to this arrangement is that their daily schedules have been upended by the closure of dog parks and large areas where they usually get exercise, socialize with other dogs and run out their pent-up energy.

As a result, there's a good chance your dog is spending a great deal more time at home while you're working from home. Keeping them stimulated and active is important to the health of your dog while we await the reopening of all the larger open spaces they love.

As medical professionals search for a vaccine to the coronavirus, we're hunkering down in these uncertain times. Dogs do have the ability to contract coronaviruses, but presently the CDC does not believe COVID-19 is a danger to canines. Furthermore, there is no indication that dogs — or any other pet — can transmit coronavirus to humans, according to the World Health Organization.

While we're all finding ways to occupy our time and adapt to the new normal, it's important that we remember to include our furry family members in our plans. Dogs appreciate routines - sticking to an activity schedule can provide a mental health boost for both pet and owner. And just like people, they thrive on undivided attention. They miss their buddies at the dog park. So make sure to set aside 20-30 minutes a day exclusively for pet play. And of course, remember to walk your dog frequently - in safe areas - to get some fresh air and exercise.

"Pets are truly an essential part of the family for millions of Americans, and we want to ensure the entire family stays healthy during this time—both mentally and physically," says RestoraPet CEO Brian Larsen. "Pet parents everywhere can take these steps to ensure their pet's wellbeing, despite the levels of uncertainty in the world around us."

This is a great time to introduce new toys and games to help pets stay active. Dogs enjoy challenges, and there are a great many dog puzzles available with treat-reward compartments that can keep your dog occupied for hours on end. These types of activities can help prevent a range of health problems, which can arise from overeating and laying around excessively. For many of us stuck inside during these trying times, that's a lesson we could apply to ourselves as well!

Since we're currently unable to travel, as the weather warms up you're likely spending a great deal more time out in the yard, patio, deck and other outdoor areas. Your dog is likely doing the same, instead of visiting the parks and other spaces they love. As a result, you're potentially encountering more unpleasant smells left behind by your dog than usual. Believe it or not, there's an orally non-toxic way to take care of those foul odors at the source, rather than covering them up with a temporary fix.

To safely eliminate bad odors such as urine, poop and vomit caused by your pooch, without harming him or her, landscaping and artificial turf, use Simple Green Outdoor Odor Eliminator. The orally non-toxic formula uses powerful, natural enzymes to eliminate odors at the source on grass, turf, gravel, concrete and more. Just follow these simple directions to reclaim your yard from pet funk!

For best results, use Simple Green Outdoor Odor Eliminator around sunset to prevent it from drying too quickly. The longer the odor-eating microorganisms stay alive and active within a moist environment, the more smells they will remove.

With dedication to safe practices and support for one another (including our furry friends), we'll get through this historic experience together. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy!