The Coronavirus pandemic has infected over seven million people worldwide. Everyone is taking the necessary steps to protect their families, and that includes pets.
One of the most common at this time is whether pets can get infected by the Coronavirus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. A variety of them can cause illness in humans and others in animals. Some coronavirus, the canine and feline ones infect only animals and not humans.
At this time, there is no concrete evidence on how animals are affected or their role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. The small number of household pet infections is from cases where the animals were in close contact with infected people.
Given the circumstances, the best way is to ensure that you take all necessary safety measures. Here are some you can follow.
1. Social Distancing for Pets
The six feet gap while in public is a rule that you can apply to your pet as well. When you are walking your pets, make sure that they are on a leash at all times. Do not allow them to get too close to other animals or people.
2. Isolate Pets from Sick Humans
Considering that the chances of human to animal infection is not entirely ruled out, it is recommended to keep your pets away from infected humans. If any member of your household has any symptoms, do not let them interact with your pet. Also make sure they don’t share any common spaces, such as couches or bed, or even food.
This means that in some cases, you might have to keep your pets outside, even if it is an emotional support animal. It is vital to ensure that they can stay warm and have enough comfort wherever they are. You might also need to come up with something to keep them active and entertained.
3. Maintain a Healthy Environment
Pets get stronger when they are well-fed and have a strong immune system. When you are stocking up for supplies, do not forget to buy healthy food and treats for your pet also. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests preparing an emergency kit with a 30-day worth of food and medication for your pet.
If needed, you can also buy supplements to balance their diet. Along with food, make it a point to keep them active and engaged.
4. Designate a Caregiver for your Pet
You should also be prepared for the scenario if you get infected yourself and find yourself unable to take care of your pet. Identify someone to take the pet and share with them the health issues of your pet. Create a dossier in advance that includes their food habits, medical information, medications, and veterinarian’s contact information.
If your pet is ill or starts to develop any symptoms, seek help from your vet and public health official to determine ways to minimize risk and get them the treatment they need.
Feeling the urge to protect your pet is only natural amidst this confusing time. Educate yourself with the health department’s recommendations and follow them as precisely as you can.