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How to keep your pets safe and happy during the coronavirus
The well being of our pets (at least most of them) demands adequate mental and physical stimulation. This show begins with Lori’s tips and ideas on how to keep your pets safe and happy and stimulated during the unusual restrictions placed upon us all by the coronavirus pandemic. Engaging in mental activities like working out puzzles, playing games and learning new commands and tricks are just as important as getting physical exercise.
You probably have heard the saying, a tired dog is a good dog or a tired dog is a happy dog. Well, keep this truism in mind, now and as the restrictions lift. Especially for dogs, exercise and mental stimulation are key. For cats, remember to play with them with toys they find attractive.
Easing pet anxiety and stress as life returns to “normal”.
Next, as society gradually returns to some type of normal, and we all resume our work and school schedules, our pets may feel a bit anxious and lonely. However there are things you can and should do beginning now, to help Easing pet anxiety and stress as life returns to “normal.” We discuss how to lessen or avoid issues like separation anxiety. A good place to begin is by leaving your home and pets for short periods of time and gradually increasing the time away.
Then, how much do you know about sharks? Do you worry about swimming in the ocean? Take the shark quiz along with Peter and test your shark smarts. Here’s some tidbits:
- Sharks do not have bones! Their skeletons are made of cartilage, which is lighter than bone.
- Men account for 90% of shark attack victims, but sharks usually do not hunt specifically for people; mostly they leave us alone.
- Most sharks have nearly panoramic vision and their eyes have a structure called a tapetum lucidum which permits vision in very low light conditions.
- Sharks have special electroreceptor organs – a sixth sense. Tiny pores on their heads contain gel filled micro organs called ampullae of Lorenzini, which detect electrical activity of potential prey.
- The largest fish in the sea is indeed a shark, the whale shark, which can reach 40 feet in length. They dwarf the divers you may have seen beside them, but since they are filter feeders, those close encounters are not dangerous.
- There are almost 500 species of sharks.
This show also contains two super Animals Today Minute features on bison and avoiding dog bites. Enjoy!
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