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How to take care of your pet during Coronavirus

How to take care of my pet during Coronavirus

How to care for your pets if you’re ill or have to self-isolate due to Coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS IN DOGS AND CATS

Before we go any further it is important to say that the cases of pets contracting covid-19 from their owners is acute and very rare. In fact the cases of human-to-animal infections is very low globally. What is important is to be aware of the risk of human to human infections via untreated surfaces like your pets lead, collar or fur.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE

Should you find yourself in a position where you need to self isolate do not panic, there are numerous forms of help on hand.

It’s a great idea to have a support system in place to help look after your pet should this need arise

If you implement good hygiene practises throughout your daily routine you will be best prepared for preventing such an occurance

Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, both before and after you handle your pet, their accessories and bedding

WHAT IF I CAN’T WALK MY DOG?

Upon government guidance, you will not be able to walk your dog beyond the boundary of your home while self-isolating. But there are lots of other ways of ensuring your dog receives their required exercise during this tricky time.

Why not take the valuable time to bond a little closer with your dog by teaching them a new trick?

Your dog will still require access to outside to use the toilet. Although its probably not ideal your dog may need to just get used to the space in your garden or outside your house for the short term .

If this is not realistic it may be worth seeking the assistance of your family and friends to take care of your dog to ensure their well being for the time you are required to isolate

WALKING SOMEONE ELSE’S DOG

Walking someone elses dog should only be done as a last resort if possible and only if they are not able to do so themselves .

Those who are key workers, shielding upon advice or those considered vunerable are some of the people that should be considered for your assistance

  • Consider each individual situation and how to safeguard the person you are assisting.
  • Agree the process in advance including time and duration of walk.
  • Walk the dog in the surrounding area of the owner’s home and ideally on a lead. You should avoid driving to another location to walk.
  • Find a way to collect and return the dog securely, in a way which maintains at least one metre distance between you and minimises any time spent in the owner’s home.
  • Never walk dogs from different households at the same time.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water before leaving your home.
  • Wear gloves for the duration of any contact and dispose of them after use.
  • Use a different lead to the owner’s.
  • Ask someone from the household to open and close the doors for you.
  • Don’t handle anything else, such as your phone, during any time of contact.
  • Where possible, minimise touching the dog.
  • Maintain your social distance while walking, keep to quiet areas and don’t allow other people or pets to come into contact with the dog.
  • Wash the lead with soap and water once the dog has been returned.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water as soon as you get home.
Should you find yourself walking the dog of a shielded person please remember to implement string hygiene practices:
  • Avoid any contact with the occupants of the home – maintain at least one metre distance.
  • Keep the dog on a lead to avoid them coming into contact with anyone or other pets.
  • Wipe the dog with a pet friendly disposable wipe or clean, damp cloth before returning to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to the owner.
If you are helping by walking the dog of a person that is suspected of having Coronavirus, it is paramount that you put your well being first. Below are some guidelines to help you :
  • Avoid any contact with the occupants of the home – maintain at least one metre distance.
  • Wipe the dog with a pet friendly disposable wipe or clean, damp cloth before the walk.
  • Keep the dog on a lead to avoid pets and other people touching them in case the virus is on their fur.
  • Take care when cleaning up after them; use a sturdy poo bag and dispose of it as soon as possible.

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