With the outbreak of COVID-19 impacting our world, I’ve been concerned about its impact on pets. Can pets get the disease or can humans get it from pets?
Concerned about Corona in Cottage Grove
Dear Concerned about Corona,
What a strange time we’re living in, isn’t it? The good news is that pets all over the country are likely enjoying having their humans at home so much more, and also enjoying some extra dog walks to help break up the monotony of quarantine! However, your concerns about COVID-19 are rational and I have a few answers for you as I hope to put your mind at ease.
Use common sense caution
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Some coronaviruses that infect animals have become able to infect humans and then spread between people, but this is rare.” The CDC adds that it does not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States, nor has the CDC received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.
However, using some basic caution as well as some common sense during this time will only help you and your pets to emerge from this threat healthy. For instance, be sure to wash your hands after handling your pet’s waste, food and supplies. Clean up after your pets well and contact a vet if you notice a sudden change in your pet’s health.
Have plenty of pet food and supplies on hand
At this time, the most impactful ways that you can keep your pets healthy and happy is to make sure that you have plenty of pet supplies and medications on hand to sustain your pet through the threat of extended quarantine. Stock up on plenty of pet food, kitty litter and medications so that, in the event of more stringent quarantine rules, you can continue to keep your pet’s routine as stable as possible. Also, have a plan in place to cover your pet’s care, in the event that you become ill with the virus. These precautions will help keep yours and your pet’s anxiety at bay during an already uncertain time.
Consider using this time to foster
Also, especially now, many shelters are in dire need of foster homes. What better way to make use of your extended time at home than to take in a pet who could benefit from the added human interaction? Contact your local shelters to see how you can help. Helping in little ways can make all the difference during this time in our history. Best wishes for you and your pet’s continued health and happiness!
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