My Dog and COVID-19
Can my dog get Coronavirus?
The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is still a bit of an unknown, it’s just very new
and us humans don't have any built-in immunity to COVID-19 at the moment.
So where does that leave mans best friend in all this?
When it comes to our dogs (and pets in general) the World Health Organization and veterinary experts (at the time this was written) have said you probably don't have to worry about spreading it to your pets (or them spreading COVID-19 to you).
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states, “At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.”
The RSPCA have stated the following;
“While there's no evidence to suggest that pets can be carriers of Coronavirus or can become ill from it themselves, your pets may be impacted if you or any members of your family test positive for the virus or are asked to stay at home and self-isolate.”
What do I do with my dog if I have to self isolate?
If you haven’t tested positive but need to self-isolate or work from home you can still interact with your dog. Remember to wash your hands before and after touching them, dishing up food, playing with their toys and handling bedding. Kind of the stuff we should all be doing in any case.
Dogs can carry viruses of their own, so maybe avoid your kisses and their licking for now.
When you go for walkies, which is fine at the moment, don’t stand too long having a natter to fellow dog-walkers, keep that 2-metre distance (Obviously don’t jump in the road to oncoming traffic to avoid another human!)
I’ve got COVID-19! What do I do with my dog?
Make sure you have some medication for yourself first.
If you have a family member, friend or neighbour who might be willing to help with dog walking that would great.
Ask them to wear gloves when they handle the lead. The virus can sit on surfaces for up to 72 hours.
Is there a responsible kid you know who might be able to help out (if they are off school, which is looking likely at the time of writing this) they might be grateful for a bit of a break from all their ‘online’ studies! or their parents might be about to break and need some space! Everyone is a winner.
Maybe think about stocking up on a LITTLE extra dog food, in case there are any shortages due to the panicky panic buyers, but try to avoid being the panicker! or you are too unwell to go to the shops. Don’t forget the all-essential treats too!
Keep your furry friends entertained, even if it means throwing a ball from the couch or playing “Hide and Treat”.
Dogs tend to know if you are unwell and will always be by your side, like a true best friend. They might just be the best medicine.
If you need any help or advise from the Pugs in a Tub team, just drop us a message and we will do our best to help. For now, Its’s business as usual but with a whole load of extra hygiene practices in place.