As we face this uncertain and scary time, many of us are wondering how COVID-19 affects are precious dogs? To date, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) there is no evidence that companion animals, including your dog, can become sick with COVID-19.
However, the first case of an animal testing positive for the virus in the United States is a tiger at a New York City Zoo. There is also two household cats and one dog, that have recently tested positive with very mild symptoms.The CDC are working with animal health partners to monitor this situation and will continue to update the public as information becomes available. They say further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.
Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat your dog as you would other human family members to protect them from any potential infections.
5 Tips to Help Keep Your Precious Dog Safe During This Pandemic
Avoid interaction with other animals and pets outside your household.
- When out for a walk, maintain at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals.
- Avoid public places where a large number of people and dogs gather, such as dog parks.
- Practice good pet hygiene, wash your hands after handling your dog's food, waste or supplies.
- If you become sick with the virus, have another member of your household care for your dog. If you must care for your dog, wear a cloth face mask and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
Although rare, if your dog is experiencing signs of COVID-19, please call your veterinarian. Your vet can evaluate your dog and determine the next steps for your dog's treatment and care.
If you have any other questions or concerns about COVID-19 and your dog, contact your veterinarian. I've also included a link to the CDC that answers a lot of the questions and concerns you might be having at this difficult time.
Stay Safe, Stay Home! Together we will get through this!
PEACE, LOVE and DOGGIE PAWS,
New York Times