How to care for your pets when carrying out ‘social distancing’ or staying at home due to Coronavirus: Q&A

The information and guidance in this blog is borrowed from The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and is based on advice provided by leading authorities including WSAVA. Please note that the advice is subject to change and so the blog may be updated to ensure it reflects current information and guidance for pet owners.

How to care for your pets when carrying out ‘social distancing’ due to Coronavirus

In as much there is 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 and have to stay at home.

We’re urging pet owners not to panic and not to abandon their pets. Even if you need to stay at home, there are lots of easy ways to take care of your pets’ needs:

  1. Ensure you have supplies of pet food and medication.
  2. If you haven’t tested positive or been asked to self-isolate, then continue to interact with your pets as normal but adopt good hygiene practices i.e washing hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after touching your pets, their food, toys and bedding, as well as wearing face mask.
  1. You can go outside for a walk when social distancing but the Ministry of Health advises keeping a distance of 1.5 metres away from others.
  2. Avoid being kissed or licked and sharing food with your pet.
  3. Consult with your vet and your doctor for more advice.

Although you and others in your household won’t be able to take your dog beyond your house or garden for exercise, do not panic. There are lots of ways to keep your dog happy and healthy within the confines of your own home. You can also ask friends and relatives to help walk him.

If you have any concerns about your pet or your pet shows signs of ill health, please do not visit the vet. Instead, give him or her a call for advice. As you will be unable to take your pet to the vet yourself, have a plan so that someone else can do this on your behalf.

If you are unable to take your dog for a walk, you may consider these other options to keep your dog happy:

  1. Get him sniffing – scent work can be a great way to keep them busy for ages. Hide treats around the garden or around the house and send them off in search of them.
  2. Learning a new trick or command is great mental stimulation for a dog.
  3. Most dogs love to play so set aside some time to have a good game of fetch.

Remember these are precautionary measures and there is currently no evidence that pets can spread Coronavirus or become unwell.

Click HERE to learn more from RSPCA


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