Your Allies in the time of Corona / Vaši saveznici u borbi sa Koronom April 10, 2020 – Posted in: Latest – Tags: , , , , , , ,

Your Allies in the time of Corona – help your pet to help yourself
Vaši saveznici u borbi sa Koronom –kako pomoći svojim ljubimcima
“They are our connection to paradise. They do not know about evil, envy or resentment. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a beautiful day means to be in paradise again, where lack of activity does not mean boredom but peace. ”-Milan Kundera,,Oni su naša veza sa rajem. Oni ne znaju za zlo, zavist ili nezadovoljstvo. Sedeti sa psom na padini brda u lepom danu znači ponovo biti u raju, gde nedostatak aktivnosti ne znači dosadu već mir.“  -Milan Kundera
Small, big, curly, brown, white, thin, fat… dogs are a great joy, happiness, and enjoyment, but also an obligation and responsibility for their owners. In these crazy times, they may be our only companions with whom we share our space and time. They can be the source of laughter and love, but also increased concern: How will they overcome this new situation? Can they get sick too? How will they enjoy their age-old rituals? This pandemic state may change many of our life habits, including those with our dearest four-legged pets. Those dogs who have the good fortune to grow and develop in homes with backyard have the freedom that their flat brothers, unfortunately, do not have. Regardless of our living conditions, it is important to pay special attention to pets in the coming period so that we can stay healthy, happy and peaceful during this period.

Mali,  veliki, čupavi, smeđi, beli, kovrdžavi, psi su jedna velika radost, sreća i uživanje, ali i obaveza i odgovornost za svoje vlasnike.  U vreme pandemije, oni su možda i jednini saborci sa kojima delimo  životni prostor i vreme. Oni mogu biti izvor smeha i ljubavi, ali i povećane brige: Kako će oni prebroditi novu situaciju? Da li se i psi mogu razboleti? Kako će se odvijati njihovi ustaljeni rituali? Vanredne svetske (ne)prilke menjaju mnoge  životne navike, pa i one sa našim prijateljima na četiri noge. Oni psi koji imaju tu sreću da rastu i razvijaju se u kućama sa dvorištem imaju slobodu koju sa druge strane, njihova  braća u stanovima nemaju. Bez obzira na životne uslove, važno je posvetiti posebnu pažnju svojim ljubimcima u narednom periodu kako bismo zdravi, srećni i mirni pregurali ovaj period. 
For now, there is no evidence that dogs can transmit corona virus to their owners (SOURCE), but however, this still does not diminish the need for increased hygiene. One of the biggest challenges to overcome is maintaining pet hygiene and fulfilling their physical needs. Puppies, like humans, are known to have a difficult time changing their established habits they have acquired over the years. In light of new circumstances, veterinarians and experts advise to be creative and find solutions depending on the specific ambient and needs.  To keep pets satisfied it is important to simulate natural conditions in the flat or on terraces – putting some sandbags, shrubs and grass can fool their pets to think that they are outside – and encourage them to pee and poop. This will be easier to do with small dogs,  but large dog owners are advised not to give up and persist in new “upbringing” measures. Also, owners must imitate going outside as much as possible – dressing, taking leashes and necklaces along with the famous “go out”. Postponing their needs can have consequences for the health of dogs – from urinary tract inflammation to gastrointestinal problems – so animals must get used to new conditions as soon as possible. As dogs’ physical activity decreases, it is important to adjust their diet as well – to reduce the amount of food, make sure they eat at the right time (first meal to be early in the morning) and avoid treats that may irritate them. Water is a necessary part of their daily routine, but it should not be overstated. There must be always a little water in the bowl that will refresh them when needed, but not load their urinary tract. Za sada ne postoje dokazi da psi mogu preneti virus korone na svoje vlasnike (IZVOR), ali to i dalje ne umanjuje potrebu za povećanom higijenom. Jedan od najvećih izazova za sve vlasnike pasa jeste vršenje nužde i održavanje higijene njihovih ljubimaca. Poznato je da kučići, poput ljudi, teško menjaju svoje ustaljene navike koje su stekli tokom godina. Preporuka veterinara i stručnjaka je da se pitanje fizioloških potreba u kućnim uslovima uskladi sa parolom  ,,snađi se’’. Kako bi ljubimci neometano vršili nuždu, važno je simulirati prirodne uslove u zatvorenim prostorima/terasi –  kesa sa peskom, žbun i malo trave mogu ih zavarati – i podstaći na obavljanje nužde u novom ambijentu. Ovo će lakše ići sa malim kucama, ali savetuje se vlasnicima velikih pasa da ne odustaju i budu uporni u novim ,,vaspitnim’’ merama.  Takođe, važno je da vlasnici što više imitiraju odlazak napolje – oblačenje, povodac, ogrlica i uzvik ,, idemo napolje’’ mogu pomoći psima  da se brže naviknu na nuždu u novim prostorima. Odlaganje vršenja nužde može da ima posledice po zdravlje pasa – od upale urinarnog trakta do gastrointestinalnih problema – zato je vrlo važno da se životinje što pre naviknu na nove uslove.  Kako se fizička aktivnost pasa smanjuje, važno je korigovati i njihovu ishranu – smanjiti količinu hrane, potruditi se da jedu u tačno određeno vreme (prvi obrok po mogućstvu što ranije), a uveče izbegavati poslastice koje ih mogu nadražiti.  Voda je neophodan deo njihove svakodnevice, ali ni sa njom ne treba preterivati. Važno je da u zdelici uvek ima malo vode koja će ih po potrebi osvežiti, nikako opteretiti njihov urinarni trakt. 
Lack of physical activity can be stressful for them, but some games can be practiced at home – throwing balls, active toys or simply jumping exercise. If you dare to go for walks, they should be as short as possible and it is suggested to avoid hanging out with other dogs and owners. Remember to disinfect their paws with alcohol or other disinfectant after each walk. As for hair hygiene – it is enough to moisturize it with a sprayer, do not overdo it as it can further irritate their skin.Nedostatak fizičke aktivnosti za njih može biti stres i zato je važno upražnjavati nove igrice u kući – bacanje lopte, aktivne igračke ili jednostavno skakanje. Ukoliko se ohrabrite na šetnje, one treba da budu što kraće i u tim trenucima izbegavajte druženja sa drugim psima i vlasnicima. Ne zaboravite da posle svake šetnje dezinfikujete njihove šape alkoholom ili nekim drugim dezinfikacionim sredstvom. Što se tiče higijene dlake – dovoljno je da je orosite uz pomoć raspršivača, nemojte preterivati jer to može dodatno izritirati njihovu kožu.
Also, don’t forget to use this time to teach your puppy a new trick or command – we are sure that he or she will be grateful. This is a period when you can spend plenty of time with your dog – and let these be the only memories of these crazy times we are living.I ne zaboravite da iskoristite ovo vreme da svog psića naučite nekom novom triku ili komandi – sigurni smo da će vam zbog toga biti zahvalan. Ovo je jedinstveni period kad možete provoditi puno vremena sa svojim psom – i neka to budu jedine uspomene koje ćete poneti iz ovog ludog vremena u kojem živimo.

Post written by  JOVANA RADOVANOVIĆ