Quarantine, social distancing, isolation..... These can be scary terms and have caused some panic in the last few days. But what does this mean for you and your pet? Do you need to keep 6 feet away from them as well? Can they catch COVID-19?
I am going to try and help with these tricky questions. Per the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association it is believed that the COVID-19 disease originated by Bats and was then transferred to an intermediate animal host. The verdict is still out on which animal passed it on to us but the "powers that be" are investigating that as we "speak".
Let's talk about the first question. Do I need to keep 6 feet away and practice social distancing with my pet? The answer is no. As long as you and your pet are symptom free and do not contract the virus you are safe to snuggle with "Fido". However, it is recommended to always use proper hygiene and wash your hands after handling your animal. We do not recommend allowing them to lick your face/mouth. Animals can always spread things such as E. coli and Salmonella.
Let's move on, shall we? Can my pet contract the COVID-19 virus? According to the World Health Organization, there is little to no evidence to suggest that pets have become ill with this virus or can become a source of infection of COVID-19 in other animals or humans. What a relief! However, per the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association there was a situation where a dog was quarantined when trace amounts of the virus showed up in its nasal cavity. The dog never developed symptoms and it turns out his owner had the virus.
So that brings us to our third and final question: What do I do if I contract COVID-19? How do I keep "Fido" safe? The answer is to keep your distance. If possible allow someone else to care for your animal. If that is not possible, wear a mask and wash your hands before and after handling them...
The goal is to keep both your fellow human pals and your canine pals safe and that is why we MUST practice social distancing, isolation, and possible quarantine. But having "Fido" to keep you company is a wonderful distraction. And hey! It is the perfect time to teach your precious pooch some new tricks! If you are looking for a furry distraction to take your mind off of the "outside World"... Shoot us a message. We are open for business and may just have the cute little furbaby you need.
So I leave you with a few words of wisdom. Wash your hands, be kind, and don't panic. This will pass. I know it is nerve wracking... But stay safe and be smart about when you go out.