Being at Home with Your Pets During COVID-19

With all the craziness going on in the world right now, it is important that you look for ways to have fun and take care of yourself and your pets. COVID-19 has left many of us stuck working from home. That means, some of us are working with our pets! It can be quite stressful having to stay at home all day long. This is why it is crucial to make the most of your time. If you have a pet, you need to be extra careful. It seems like health experts are issuing safety recommendations every day.

As of today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given us good news when they reported that based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low. Some coronaviruses that infect animals can sometimes be spread to people, but this is rare. If you have a dog, you do not have much to worry about since the World Health Organization (WHO) had stated that there is no evidence that suggests that the virus infects dogs. But, since humans and animals can share diseases sometimes, it is recommended that anyone who is sick or requires medical attention should limit contact with dogs and other pets. As we continue our battle with COVID-19, the following tips should be followed to make sure that your pets are better prepared.

  • Snuggling, petting, being licked, or kissed and sharing food with your dog or any other pet is not recommended in the very least. If you are ill or are not sure whether you have the virus or not, you should let a family member or friend take care of the dog or pet until you have cleared the virus.
  • Practice good hygiene and always put on a facemask if you have to take care of your dog or any other pet.
  • Although there is no evidence that suggests that dogs can spread COVID-19, it is always better to be cautious.
  • Since most places have closed down, you should contact your vet if they are open and to make an appointment to take your dog or any other pet to the vet if you are perfectly healthy.
  • It is best that you speak with a health care provider if you have tested positive and to distance yourself from your dog or any other pet. You should avoid interacting with others.
  • If your dog or any other pet is sick, you should ask your vet for help. Moreover, the public health official can also help make sure that your pet gets the care needed while minimizing the risk of transmitting the virus to others.
  • Make it a habit to keep pet supplies stocked up. You should have an emergency kit that contains supplies for up to two weeks’ worth of pet food.
  • Keep proper identification of your pet such as an ID tag with you at all times.

COVID-19 is a difficult time for everyone. This post will help ensure that your dog or any other pet gets the care they deserve. For more information, see COVID-19 and Animals Frequently Asked Questions.

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