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Sheltering in Place with Your Pet

With the on-going COVID-19 epidemic, it can be very hard to get your hands on the essentials for not only you but your pet as well. Below are some common ways to get your hands on your pet’s essentials.



Many pet stores are closed or have shorten their hours of operations. If you cannot get to a pet store, here are some common foods you can pick up from the grocery store that you can add to your pet’s food:

*If your pet has known food allergies please consult a veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet.*

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yams
  • Broccoli
  • Rice
  • Unseasoned, skinless, boneless chicken or other types of poultry
  • Unseasoned, boneless, lean beef
  • Vegetable broth (low sodium)
  • Eggs

        Just remember you are cooking for your pet, not Gordon Ramsey. It is essential to give unseasoned, lean, and boneless foods. It is also important to remember that pets are like us and require a balanced diet so make sure they are getting a grain, protein, and vegetable. Keep in mind portion sizes too!

You can also try ordering your pet’s food online, however, plan ahead as shipping times are being delayed.

Some online retailers are below:

  • 1-800 pet meds
  • Petsmart
  • Petco

Amazon- I do not recommend getting your pet food off Amazon. Even if you buy “shipped and sold by Amazon” the workers sometimes pick the food that is sold by third-party retailers. This is because they are kept next to the name brand stuff and have extremely similar packaging. The third-party retailers sometimes sell expired, counterfeit or off brand foods that are lesser quality. Since they are kept right next to each other and the packaging is similar, it is hard for the employees to distinguish the difference.

*We are not affiliated with any of the above companies. These are just the companies we have heard our clients give positive feedback/use.*

Medication/prescription foods:
        Remember, shipping times are delayed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Warehouses are shortening hours and are limited in the numbers of employees that can work at the same time. When your pet is halfway done with a prescription medication or food that is when you should place an order for more.

        You can get medications and prescription foods from Laurelwood Veterinary Clinic, which is still open during normal business hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8AM to 12PM and 2PM to 6PM and Wednesday 8AM to 12PM) or you can place an order through Chewy or 1-800 PetMeds.

How to place an order for a prescription medication or food:

  1. Pick Chewy or 1-800 PetMeds, find the product, and place the order
  2. After placing the order, the company will fax us a prescription fill request
  3. One of our doctors will take a look at the request and approve it or deny it (if it is denied, someone from our office will give you a call as to why and will work with you to resolve the problem)
  4. Once approved, the order will be shipped to you from whichever company you ordered the products form
  5. The product arrives at your door!

        This approval process usually pretty quick. Once we receive the fax, we usually approve or deny it that day or early the following day if the fax was sent to us after business hours. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, these companies may be backed up which could cause this process and the shipping process to take longer. 



Fun things to do with your pets while in quarantine:

Remember they get bored too! Plus, it’s good to take a break from working or watching the news!

Go for a walk! You’ll be surprised at how good it feels to get out of the house just for a little while.

Dog friendly places to go (my favorites):

  • Laurelwood park (San Mateo)
  • Water Dog Lake (Belmont)
  • Coyote Point (San Mateo)
  • Poplar Beach (Halfmoon Bay)
  • Cipriani Dog Park (Belmont)
  • Seal Point Harbor Dog Park (San Mateo)

*Remember to keep a 6-12 feet distance from other people when doing out. If you want to go to one of the dog parks, Water Dog Lake, Coyote Point, or Laurelwood Park, I recommend going on a weekday or early in the morning on a weekend as these places are popular and can get congested making it hard to keep an appropriate distance from other people. We also recommend washing your hands and changing clothes after being out. Please do not go out if you have a temperature of 100.4°F or higher.*


Other fun things you can do with your Dog/Cat:

  • Give them a bath
  • Brush them
  • Make them a cute new outfit out of your old clothes
  • Make matching outfits for you and your pet
  • Decorate their food or water bowl
  • Decorate their collars
  • Teach them a new trick
  • Play with them in the sprinklers
  • Dress them up for a photoshoot
  • Make new toys for them out of old clothes, towels, and other things you can find around the house
  • Take them out for a picnic at your favorite park

Here are some links to get your creativity flowing!


We know this is a challenging time for everyone. If there is anything we can do to help you and your pet out please give us a call at 650-341-7741. We wish you and your pet happiness and health!

Laurelwood Veterinary Clinic