Can dogs and cats pass on Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Find out how to take care of your fur-baby during these difficult times, and how the Coronavirus affects cats and dogs.
Coronavirus news. It’s everywhere. But as a pet parent, you probably want to know, “what does this mean for my little buddy?” or “can dogs and cats pass on Coronavirus?” Don’t worry. We’re here to tell you if cats and dogs can get COVID-19 or pass it on to humans. More importantly, we’ll show you how to take care of your pets during the crisis.
First of all, some good news
As the World Health Organization (WHO) shared via Instagram, there is at this point “no evidence that companion animals or pets like dogs and cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.” Nor can they pass on the virus to humans.
Hygiene is the top priority
However, the WHO still recommends – just to be safe – that you wash your hands with soap and water after touching your pets. This also keeps you safe from bacteria like Salmonella or E Coli.
What to do if I need to isolate myself?
As a dog parent, it’s good to prep ahead for your four-legged friend as well as for yourself. Here’s some advice from Mimikama, an Austrian pet non-profit:
Just to be safe, dog owners should designate a person, or a place, they can trust to take care of their buddies. That way, they’ll have someone who can help them out in case of a positive Coronavirus test.
Please, don’t abandon pets
There’s no need to panic, or stay away from your best friend, as long as you follow WHO’s guidelines. What’s key is to minimize social contact, until the outbreak can be contained.
You can keep going on walks with your furry friends as usual. Just avoid meeting up with other pet parents and going on group walks and puppy play dates. Also, check with your local government for the latest information on this topic.
How to entertain your dog indoors
Been told you need to stay at home? That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Plus, it gives you some one on one time with your four-legged buddy, which is good for both of you. Have fun teaching your dog new commands indoors, and keep your dog entertained with these 10 tips. Staying busy and doing things together will keep both of you in a better mood and is great for your well-being.
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