INTRODUCTION

Whenever we take our pets with us to different places or if our pets are exposed to contagious diseases, it is important to quarantine them. However, it is not always possible to place your pet in a dedicated quarantine centre. In this case, your only option is to quarantine them at home. 

In this blog, we will take an in-depth look at how you can safely quarantine your pet at home while making sure that they are healthy and happy. We will also list out what you will need to make sure that it is a successful quarantine. 

UNDERSTANDING PET QUARANTINE

Animal and pet quarantine can be loosely understood as a restraint put upon the animal that is suspected of being a carrier or vehicle of infections or of having been exposed to infection. Animal quarantine is important in such cases, as it will prevent the spread of the disease and can be contained and treated.

Numerous diseases require your pet to be quarantined due to the nature of the infection. Some of these are Rinderpest, rabies, distemper, leptospirosis, etc. The length of the quarantine period will depend on the incubation period of the disease your pet has been exposed to. This is along with the animal health laws in different countries. 

Different countries have their own set of quarantine laws and requirements for pets coming in from different countries. The main aim of these laws is to make sure that there is no spread of exotic diseases that the pets in the home country have not been exposed to. 

However, sometimes it is not possible to put your pet in a quarantine house, in which case we build a quarantine zone at home! Let’s take a look at the process. 

CREATING A DEDICATED SPACE 

There are several steps to be taken when marking off the area required for this. 

  1. Designate a specific area for quarantine 

Pick a spot that will not interrupt the daily flow of life because the quarantine usually lasts for a week, depending on the disease. 

  1. Ensure that the space is secure and comfortable for your pet 

It is extremely important that your pet feels comfortable and safe in the space you have chosen. It will be in the space for a while, so it needs to be as calm as possible. 

  1. Provide the necessary supplies and amenities

Make sure to keep a bowl for water and another one for food. Make sure to add some toys and soft blankets as well. Anything that can keep your pet calm should be put in the area. 

ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES 

Here is a list of essential supplies that are extremely necessary for your pet. 

  • Comfortable bedding 
  • Nutrient-rich food 
  • Fresh water supply 
  • Medications and supplements 
  • Cleaning and grooming supplies 
  • Enrichment toys
  • Comfort items 

Maintaining a separate set of supplies for your pet is a logistical necessity, as it reduces the risk of cross-contamination. It also makes sure that your pet receives personalised care tailored to their specific situation. 

MONITORING YOUR PET’S HEALTH 

Once your pet has been put into the quarantine zone, it is important to do daily checkups. Firstly, your pet is kept away from other people for an extended period of time, so the checkup is a way to establish a connection and communicate. Secondly, these checkups are necessary as they will keep you informed of any changes that might occur. 

Let’s take a look at what you need to do during those checkups:

  1. Observe your pet’s physical vitality. Note their energy levels, the way they move, and their overall posture. 
  2. Check their appetite and hydration. Make sure that there aren’t any drastic changes in the amount they eat and drink. 
  3. Examine their coat and skin, as their condition will show their inner well-being. Check to see if there are any changes in texture, lustre, or the presence of lumps or bumps. 
  4. Monitor their bathroom habits. If there are any changes in frequency, consistency, or the presence of blood or abnormalities, they will warrant immediate attention. 
  5. Note that any changes in behaviour, such as increased aggression, withdrawal, or unusual vocalisations, could be signals of distress. 
  6. Recognise signs of pain or discomfort, like limping, excessive grooming of a specific area, or reluctance to be touched. 
  7. Schedule regular vet consultations to make sure that any issue can be addressed properly and immediately. 

Being careful of your pet’s needs requires you to be able to understand the nuances of their personalities, so you will be able to tell if something is wrong. You will also be able to give them the type of comfort they need, should they be in any sort of discomfort or pain.

MAINTAINING HYGIENE AND CLEANLINESS

When it comes to pet quarantine, a pristine environment is a crucial component of your pet’s recovery. So, let’s take a look at how you can achieve this:

  • Daily cleaning routine: wipe down surfaces, clean the food and water bowls, and remove any waste promptly. 
  • Use of pet-safe disinfectants: choose products that are specially formulated for pets. Consult with your vet to identify these products.  
  • Regular laundering of bedding and toys: bedding and toys will be used the most by your pet and will need to be regularly cleaned to prevent the buildup of bacteria. 
  • Isolation of cleaning supplies: keep a separate set of cleaning supplies dedicated to the quarantined area, as it will minimise the risk of cross-contamination. 
  • Secure waste disposal containers: use secure waste disposal containers for your pet’s waste and make sure that they are lined with plastic bags that can be easily tied and discarded. 
  • Frequent litter box cleaning: if your pet uses a litter box, clean it regularly to prevent unpleasant odours and potential contamination. This will keep the area fresh and comfortable for your pet. 
  • Safe disposal of hazardous materials: if your pet is undergoing medical treatment, ensure the safe disposal of any hazardous materials, such as used syringes and medication packaging. 
  • Professional waste removal services: – in case you have a larger pet, it would be better to hire a professional waste removal company, as they can safely and efficiently remove large quantities of waste. 

Maintaining hygiene and cleanliness plays an important role in your pet’s recovery. You will be creating a space where your pet can heal without the risk of infection and discomfort. 

CONCLUSION

Now that we have come to the end of this blog, we hope that this guide has taught you what to do when quarantining your pet at home. It is important to be patient and sensitive to the needs of your pet. Remember to contact your vet as soon as anything out of the ordinary happens. However, something this complicated can be easily resolved by simply checking your pet into Auckland Quarantine! Contact us now and enjoy the benefits of quarantining your pet without complications.