If you own a pet, you generally see them roaming around the house; curling up under desks, watching quietly as you work, and study at home while trusting us to take good care of them.
Our pets are like family.
But the question is- How can we keep them safe and healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?
No matter how much hygiene you maintain, but you still might be worried about how to protect your pet from the virus.
In this post, we’ve compiled everything that you need to know about the impact of coronavirus on your pet and how to take care of your brute.
What to Do If You Own Pets
Until we learn about transmitting the COVID situation to your pet, you must treat pets as your other family members so they can stay safe and protected.
• Make sure you do not allow your beloved pets to play with outsiders or other animals.
• Make sure you keep your pet inside the house to prevent them from interacting with outsiders.
• Make sure you go for a walk with your pet, maintaining at least 6 feet distance from outside animals and people.
• Make sure you avoid going with your dog in a crowded place.
How to Protect Your Pet If You are Sick
If you are looking for ways to protect pets from the virus, you must restrict them to interact with everyone, especially your neighbor or any outsider. If you have become sick, unfortunately, another member of your household care must care for your pets.
• Make sure you stop interacting with your pet and avoid activities such as bedding, petting, sharing food, being kissed or licked, etc.
• If you want to care for your pet even you are not well, wash your hands before and after you touch your beloved pet.
• You must verify the person consulting veterinarian via mobile phone.
If you are tested positive with novel coronavirus and all of a sudden, your pet becomes sick, do not go to the veterinary clinic. Instead, call and let them know that you have been diagnosed with coronavirus. Some veterinarian professionals may suggest you telemedicine consultations or other associated plans to take care of your sick pets. It all goes with the process; your veterinarian would examine your pet’s condition and determine the best treatment accordingly.
Can Your Pet Get COVID-19?
It is reported that there are a few dogs tested positive for COVID-19 after having close contact with humans who are already suffering from the virus.
There is currently no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease, as per the American Veterinary Medicine Association.
- Until we get a deep understanding of the outbreak, it’s viable to limit contact with your pets if you are not well.
- Whether you are sick or healthy, don’t forget to follow cleanliness and hygiene rules when you are playing with your pets.
- Always wash your hands before and after you touch their pet’s food, toys, and other related things.
- There’s no arguing with the fact that receiving affection from our pets does feel great. Don’t let them lick your face. Feed your pets rather than allowing them to share food.
Stay Healthy Around Animals
During the outbreak of coronavirus, there is no evidence that the risk of animals to choose the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low (based on the information and data available).
Because animals are prone to diseases, it’s important to follow and practice healthy habits around to protect your pet from the virus.
• Always and quickly wash your hands after touching your pet to stay safe.
• Always follow practice good pet hygiene and keep an eye on your pet’s vaccines and wellness.
• If you have questions about your pet’s health, always consult your veterinarian.
• Make sure that children, people with weakened immune systems, or over 60 years of age and older should be more careful as they are more likely to get infected.
There is currently no vaccine available against this global pandemic. But implementing these tips would certainly help to avoid transmit the COVID situation to your pet. For further assistance and safety, you can consult your veterinarian and ask related questions.
By Priyanka Joshi