How to Care For a Pet During COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought countries all over the world to a halt. Tragically, it has taken the lives of more than one million people around the world. It most likely originated from a bat, but as of now there no scientific proof that animals play an important role in spreading the virus. According to the CDC, from the little information available to date regarding animals spreading the virus to people is low (even if this is how the virus originally came to be, i.e. spreading from animal to human and then transmitting from human to human).

Here we offer some tips on how to keep your pets safe during the COVID-19 pandemic-

How can I protect my pets from getting infected?

While the risk of your pets getting the coronavirus is low (from the information we have currently), it is still a possibility. Therefore, until we learn more it is necessary that you keep your pets safe, this means-

  • Don’t let your pets meet with animals outside of the household and keep them mostly indoors (when possible) to prevent them from interacting with other people and animals
  • You can walk dogs on a leash and maintain a reasonable distance (6 feet as advised) from other people/animals
  • Put off visiting public places/dog parks where a large number of animals/people gather
  • If your pet gets sick or you have any concerns regarding your pet’s health, then you must talk to your veterinarian.
  • Do not put masks on your pets- it can cause them harm

Should I get my pets tested for COVID-19?

Routine testing of pets for coronavirus is not recommended as of now. If your pet is sick, consult your vet.

How do I care for my pets if I have COVID-19?

If you are infected with COVID-19 (suspected or tested positive) you should immediately restrict contact with your pets- just like you would do with people.

Avoiding contact with your pet includes snuggling, petting, being licked/kissed, sharing food as well as bedding. If possible, you can have another family member to take care of your pet. If this is not possible and you must care for pets or have to be around animals while you are sick, then wash your hands before and after you interact with your pets. Plus, you should also wear a mask/a piece of cloth covering your face.

If have coronavirus and your pet become sick – do not take your pet to the vet yourself. Call your vet and let them know that you have COVID-19. There are plenty of veterinarians that offer online consultations and can discuss your pets’ health online. They will determine the next steps for your pet’s treatment and care.

What if my pet gets COVID-19?

The number of animals suffering from COVID-19 is very low as of yet. While most pets/domestic animals have not shown any signs of illness, there are some who have shown mild symptoms that can be taken care of at home. Testing pets is only recommended if the animal is showing COVID symptoms or have been in contact with an infected person.

Regardless, if you are sure that your pet has Covid-19- depending on how sick your pet is, your vet will recommend your pet to be kept isolated at home. As of now, there has been only one casualty of pets (in the United States). Meanwhile, from the limited information, we have in regards to pets with COVID- they seem to show mild or no symptoms at all. If your vet recommends home isolation, here is how you can do the same-

  • Keep your pet at home and monitor their symptoms- like the difficulty of breathing, coughing, fever, sneezing, lethargy, eye discharge, vomiting/diarrhea, runny nose.
  • Avoid public places with crowds (also includes the vet’s office without permission)
  • Provide separate litter boxes from other pets and have a designated sick room (can be a bathroom). Again avoid petting, snuggling, licking/biting/kissing your pet.
  • If you have dogs – if you have a private backyard where the dog can go to the bathroom. If possible avoid walks or stay close to your home.
  • If you have cats – you can keep your cats inside the house- do not allow them to roam in the streets
  • Wear gloves while you clean your pets and place the fecal matter in the sealed bag before disposal. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap immediately after cleaning up after your pet.
  • Although we know that bacteria and fungi can be carried on fur- there is no proof that viruses (including COVID-19) can spread from skin/fur of pets.
  • Make sure your home is clean and disinfected.
  • Do not use chemical disinfectants, alcohol, or other cleaning products not intended or approved on animals. Using disinfectants can cause harm or make your pet sick.

Follow your vet’s diagnoses on when it is safe for your pet to be around you and other people and animals. Plus, if you are not able to care for your pets search for temporary safe foster homes for them.

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