Pet Adoptions Surge During Social Distancing -Interview

Pet Adoptions Surge During Social Distancing -Interview

PET ADOPTIONS SURGE DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING: As Families Spend More Time with Their Pets, Learn How to Protect Against Flea, Tick & Mosquito Threats.

During the COVID-19 pandemic,

there’s been an uptick in the number of people working from home and across the U.S. adopting pets from animal shelters, and many others are also signing up to be temporary pet foster parents. Recent statistics show pet adoptions are up 100% from last year.

Pets can be a great, healthy addition to a family.

Reports show that 78% of pet owners say their pets have improved their quality of life during this current social distancing period. For example, new and long-time pet owners are spending more time outside exercising with their pets, which is a great activity for everybody.

Just as our pets are keeping us healthy,

it’s important to return the favor by protecting your pets as you take them to dog parks or hiking trails, or even just extended walks around the neighborhood.

  • Fleas: even though we don’t often see them, just one flea can lay over 500 eggs in the first 21 days once they invade your do and then make their way into your home.
  • Ticks: they are found in many of the places your dog likes to go, such as tall grass, trails, and leaves, and can transmit serious diseases.
  • Mosquitos: a single bite from an infective mosquito can transmit heartworm disease.
  • Contaminated Soil: hookworms and roundworms can live in a dog’s intestines and can be passed on to you.

Join me in a recent interview with expert,

Veterinarian, Dr. Caitlin DeWilde, to learn more about the health risks for your animals, and tips for keeping your pet happy, healthy, and protected. When it comes to healthy pets, it’s a two-way street. We keep our four-legged friends healthy & they help to keep us healthy in return.


Listen to the entire interview here

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BIO: Dr. Caitlin DeWilde 

The Social DVM was created by Dr. Caitlin DeWilde in 2013. A veterinarian long interested in business, marketing and practice management, Dr. DeWilde saw the untapped potential of veterinarians to easily and affordably connect with their clients through social media.

While many veterinarians and staff didn’t have the time, training or technology know-how to make this possible, Dr. DeWilde thrived on maximizing the efficiency and connectivity of her own and several other practices. 

Dr. DeWilde holds her DVM degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where she was the president of the Veterinary Business Management Association. Dr. DeWilde also holds a B.S. degree in Agribusiness and Animal Science from Southeast Missouri State University.

She has served as President for the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association, and currently sits on the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation board. She is also an alum of the AVMA Future Leaders class of 2014-2015, made up of just ten national veterinarians chosen each year.

Interview is courtesy: Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Cynthia Tait

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