How to help your pets post-isolation

Floyd the bordoodle. Picture: Jess Layt

Floyd the bordoodle. Picture: Jess Layt

Locals are urged to ensure their pets are microchipped in case they go wandering as their humans start to return to normal life post-isolation.

Pets will begin spending more time home alone as people return to work, sport and other weekend activities.

In cats and dogs, this can lead to behaviours such as barking, digging, chewing, escaping and more.

Animal behaviourist Dr Jo Righetti told Camden Council there were a number of ways locals could help their pets adjust and avoid anxiety in these changing conditions.

"By spending time apart from our pets, we can teach them that being alone is a positive event, but trying not to fuss over your pet too much on your departures and arrivals," she said.

"When your pet is alone, give them a favourite toy.

"This helps make home alone time a more pleasant experience."

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said it was important for pet owners to take note of their pet's response to the transition out of isolation.

"While we are excited to start leaving home more and interacting with more family, friends and colleagues, it is a bit of a loss for our pets," she said.

"Following the advice that has been provided will ensure that the health of both ourselves and our pets can be efficiently managed, minimising stress and protecting our beloved four-legged friends, as they are family too.

"It is important to microchip your pets so that they are registered, as well as visit your vet if there are concerns that they may not be reacting too well to the changes."

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