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Protecting Your Pets In The Era of COVID-19


 

It's a crazy time right now. There are so many mixed emotions and unanswered questions.There are so many important questions and so much debating that we don't know what is true and what is a lie. And during this time of worry, our four-legged companions have been there to help us get through it...with their wagging tails and adorable grins. We know they have our back. During this unexpected time, our furry friends have been here to protect us and every dog owner wants to do just the same for them. 

Can pets get the coronavirus? That is the big, unanswered question that has been swarming the minds of every pet owner. There is so much information being given about this topic, that at some point we don't know what is true and what is false. Today, I am here to give you that support, answer that unanswered question.

Unfortunately, it has now been confirmed that the social distancing rule now applies to pets as well. There have been a small number of COVID-19 cases circulating cats and dogs around the globe. It is rare, however because of the close contact and quarantine, there have now been cases of humans and pets passing it back and forth.

There is some good news though, it is only attracted in certain situations. So, if you have been keeping up with social distancing and only being near immediate family members within six feet, you will most likely be fine. Treat your dogs and cats as a human family member. When taking you dog on a walk, keep them six feet from other people and animals just as you would. Remember: It's only a precaution!

If Your Pet Tests Positive

It is okay! Do not worry. Do not panic! Just breathe! Treat your pet as you would if another human got sick with the virus. Isolate them from other people and animals. Of the very few pets that have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, many did not show signs of illness, while the rest had mild symptoms that could be taken care of at home. However, if you suspect or have confirmed they have attracted the illness, call your veterinarian to discuss options. 

Tips if your dog or cat tests positive:

- Keep them away from other people and do not bring them to public places.

- Do not walk your dog unless they have to go to the bathroom.

- Cats should stay inside.

- Wear gloves while cleaning up their waste and immediately wash your hands after.

- Provide separate bedding, bowls, treats, toys, and containers that are separated from other family members

- Regularly disinfect their care items.

- Wash your hands very frequently.

Symptoms May Include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Lethargy (unusual laziness or sluggish)
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Eye discharge
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

We are in a time of uncertainty. For many, pets have been what keeps smiles big and worry small. Remember that time when you were sick or you were sad and they stayed by your side all day. Do just the same for them. Stick by them through their struggles just as they would for you.

Important! The risk of pets spreading the virus is considered to be low... So PLEASE do not abandon your pets if they have the virus. It will be okay! 


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