COVID-19 and pets. What does it all mean?
by Vets All Natural ■ Updated: May 5, 2020
Thanks to our friends at Vets All Natural for this blog post.
Whilst we grapple with the fallout of this hideous virus we cannot discount its affect if any on our companion pets. At vetsallnatural we are monitoring the situation closely. At this point in time we have no evidence that indicates COVID-19 is a risk to your companion pets, dogs or cats. In a recent exert from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE); they quote:
“The current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human to human transmission. To date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare”.
When handling and caring for animals, basic hygiene measures should always be implemented. This includes hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking or sharing food.
When possible, people who are sick or under medical attention for COVID-19 should avoid close contact with their pets and have another member of their household care for their animals. If they must look after their pet, they should maintain good hygiene practices and wear a face mask if possible.”
Read the official statement from the World Health Organisation for Animal Health HERE.
Here are a few tips:
- Take precautions similar to common flu prevention.
- Seek out reliable sources for updated information. The Centers for Disease Control (cdc.gov), World Health Organization (who.int), and World Small Animal Veterinary Association (wsava.org), are good places to go for information on the virus.
- Ensure your animal’s vaccines are up-to-date in case boarding becomes necessary.
- Document all medications with dosages and administering directions, including prescriptions from your veterinarian if a refill becomes necessary.
- Pets should have identification such as an ID tag on their collar and a microchip. But remember, a microchip is only as good as the contact information registered to it. Make sure you update your details.
- Follow CDC and WHO guidelines: Wash your hands with soap and water for the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice; avoid touching your face; stay home if you are sick; cough or sneeze into your elbow; wash your hands before and after handling pets.
PS. Pets don’t need masks.