At YuMOVE, we are hearing that pet owners are also concerned that Covid-19 coronavirus could affect their pets. With that in mind, we wanted to share a piece that our friends at PawSquad have put together around Covid-19 and people's pets. Please see the common questions they are currently getting asked and their guidance on this below.
Can pets be infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus?
The spread of Covid-19 is a result of human to human transmission, according to the World Organisation or Animal health (OIE), and currently there’s no evidence suggesting companion animals can spread the disease. On 1 March, it was reported that a Pomeranian dog in Hong Kong had tested positive for Covid-19 and further testing suggested that the dog has a low-level of infection and that this is likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission. The dog has not shown any clinical signs of disease and is still under quarantine. The OIE states that “There is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this human disease or that they become sick.”
I am self-isolating. Should I also isolate myself from my pet?
On Thursday 12 March the UK Government announced that it had moved to the ‘delay’ phase. This means that anyone with coronavirus symptoms is advised to stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days, and the latest advice is that you if live with someone showing symptoms you should self-isolate for 14 days. If you are infected or are self-isolating as a precaution, the government is advising pet owners to also limit contact with their pets as a precaution until more is known about the virus. If your pet requires care, wash your hands before and after any interaction with them and wear a face mask if possible.
Keep cats indoors if possible and try to arrange for someone else to exercise dogs, taking care to restrict any contact with the person walking your dog and making sure they practice good hygiene. This is to reduce the likelihood of your pet spreading the disease through environmental contamination on their fur – there is no evidence that pet animals play a role in the spread of the disease or that they become sick themselves.
If your pet is unwell or showing any signs that concern you, you should not take your pet to a veterinary surgery. Contact your vet first or speak to a PawSquad vet now for advice.
My pet is unwell but I am practicing ‘social distancing’ and I’m not sure if I need to go to a vet clinic. What should I do?
If you are avoiding unnecessary social contact, commonly referred to as ‘social distancing’ in order to help reduce the spread of the virus you may want to take advice about whether your pet really needs to be seen at a veterinary clinic or not. At PawSquad we find that many concerns can be dealt with safely and effectively through an online consultation.
I have another question
If you have any other questions about Covid-19 and your pet, the PawSquad vet team are here to answer your concerns at any time of day or night, 7 days a week. Speak to a PawSquad vet now.
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