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This question continues to float around the web, so we thought we’d address it:
Among all the negativity surrounding the media about the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), we have uplifting news – scientists can all but confirm your pets are safe from getting COVID-19.
That said, if you’re sick with the virus (either suspected or confirmed), you should hinder interacting with pets and other animals until we have more information about the COVID-19.
Like anything else, pets can be a vehicle for transmitting the disease to humans. Our furry friends are no different than a doorknob, your cell phone, or the surface of a table. The virus can survive on a pet’s nose and face for a length of time.
On walks with your pet, we also recommend keeping a safe distance between people and other animals, even if someone does not seem sick. At this point, it’s hard to decipher who is well vs. who is unwell. It can take up to 14 days after someone comes into contact with COVID-19 before symptoms begin.
Dog expert Cesar Millan says social distancing may be an advantage for dogs. This is an excellent time to practice communicating with our furry friends. What many people are unaware of, dog socialization is different from human socialization. Dogs have an intimate space, and people tend to ignore that when trying to pet them without first “asking for permission.”
During this time, we can start practicing Cesar’s “No touch, no talk, no eye contact” rule, which states: If you see a dog walking and want to pet them, talk to the human first, so the animal has a chance to sniff you out. Also, avoid standing too close to the pet. “Try to leave at least four feet between you before getting permission to approach.” But, in this case, we would have to minus the contact completely until social isolation is lifted.
The real danger for pets isn’t the virus itself. The risk is how prepared a pet guardian is in case of an emergency.
It’s unknown which states will have to go into complete isolation. In the meantime, we advise you to create an emergency plan for your pet(s).
An emergency plan will help keep all your pet’s essential information in one handy spot. For example, you may want to include things like: your pup’s medication that is scheduled regularly, their vaccination history, any dog insurance coverage you may have, and their emergency contact.
CDC provided the public with a pet disaster plan kit that is appropriate for the coronavirus pandemic.
Be sure to prepare all of your pet’s documents.
Load up on water, food, and medications:
Remember, if you believe that you have COVID-19 and need to quarantine, these are measures for you to take, not your pet. Allow your furry friend to continue interacting with the rest of your family; it wouldn’t be fair to isolate them completely.
If not sick, it’s essential to continue to build you and your pet’s immunity by exercise, eating healthy, and rest. Here are tips on how to stay healthy with pets during quarantine:
While worrying about our health, we shouldn’t neglect our pets. Remember how important it is to continue to take pets to your vet and talk to them if you have questions about your pet’s health.
If your vet’s office is closed, you should look into telemedicine for pets – where you can virtually see a veterinarian.
Help get your pet’s eligible medical expenses paid with Spot Pet Insurance. You can customize your pet insurance coverage to fit your pet’s specific needs.
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