Here's How You Can Keep Your Pets Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic
There’s a lot of information about how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, but what about your beloved pets? Animals have tested positive for the virus, including two cats from New York and a pug from North Carolina. However, the number of cases is so low that the CDC says pets are unlikely to catch or transmit the virus.
Despite the CDC’s message, many health and animal experts emphasize following extra precautions to protect our furry companions. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Today, taking care of our pets is different due to the crisis. Here’s how you can keep your pet safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Best Times to Wash Your Hands and Pets
There’s no information available about animals spreading the virus, but it’s always a good idea to wash your hands before and after you touch your pets. Bacteria and fungi that live on animal skin, fur or hair can still make you sick. It’s also important to wash your hands before and after handling pet food and supplies.
Opt to Go Outside Under Certain Conditions
Although it's safe for you and your pet to stay at home together during the shelter-in-place orders, it’s encouraged to get some exercise outdoors (if your region allows it). Walking your dog can help relieve some stress and anxiety. Plus, it’s good for your and your pet’s health. However, there are some guidelines you should follow.
Stock Up on a Good Amount of Food, Medicine and Supplies
As you stock up on supplies for yourself and your family, you should also plan to buy more essentials for your little pal. If your pet takes medications, pick up a 30-day supply of each one. It’s also a good idea to get two weeks’ worth of food for each animal you have.
What Happens If You Get Sick?
If you are sick due to COVID-19 but must take care of your pet, you should keep practicing good hygiene and wear a mask. You should also limit contact with pets, which means no touching, cuddling or receiving kisses and licks. This includes keeping your pets off of your bed and not sharing food.
What If Your Pet Gets Sick?
COVID-19 testing for animals is uncommon, and experts don’t advise going that route. Although cases of people spreading the virus to animals exist, there’s no evidence of animals spreading the virus to humans.