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A Guide to Corona Virus and Dogs Today

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You’re probably wondering about COVID-19, and also as to whether your furry best friend can get it or transmit it?

We adore our pets, and knowing how we can help them during these stressful times during a mandatory self-isolation means understanding ways to enjoy simple things like long hikes with Fido, having doggie spa days at home while watching DOGTV, and keeping your special furry best friend close to you!

This article will explain what animal professionals and the center for disease control are saying about dogs and COVID-19.

As of today, there’s no research indicating that pets can transmit COVID-19. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)  reassures all pet parents that are concerned about the transmission of COVID- 19 that “there is no evidence at this pointto indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.”

With all the misinformation that’s being spread, it’s recommended that you only take into account what the experts have to say. This means that medical, scientific agencies and veterinary updates are accurate. Nothing else counts!

Dogs and other pets cannot get or transmit the coronavirus. (COVID-19)Pets are not a source of infection to humans or to other animals.

With full blown global panic everywhere today, it’s important that you enjoy the basics like walking your dogs, and taking good care of them, even while you’re holed up inside your home.

Radical lifestyle changes should not mean that your pets go without the necessary veterinary care, high-quality nutrition, CBD supplements for pain and anxiety, regular exercise and more!

Moving forward though, it will be necessary to plan ahead, and to shop online in order to stock up on pets and other supplies that we may need while in self-quarantine.

Can Your Dog Get or Transmit COVID-19?

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The AVMA is constantly in contact with health organizations such as CDC, FDA, and USDA, other state, national, and international veterinary and public health expert groups; and intergovernmental organizations (such as the WHO and OIE) to learn the latest developments, and their potential impacts on veterinarians, patients, and clients.

That said, you’re probably also wondering if you can interact, and hug and kiss your dog during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is what the AVMA has to say, “If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as you normally would, including walking, feeding, and playing.

You should continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions (e.g., wash hands before and after interacting with your pet; ensure your pet is kept well-groomed; regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls,.” bedding material, and toys).

The AVMA also goes on to add the following message to everyone,” Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them

According to the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) nearly two-thirds of Americans own pets.“Viruses are usually unique to each species and it is unusual for a virus to jump between species.  

It's very unlikely that household pets like dogs or cats will transmit this Coronavirus to people and there is no evidence at this point that dogs or cats will become ill from this disease,” said Dr. Dana Varble, NAVC Chief Veterinary Officer. “There is no cause for alarm, but it is smart to skip the face kisses for now and wash your hands and face regularly after being with pets. Always include your pets in your emergency preparedness plans.”

NAVC also adds that the following:

1.There are many different Coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS, but there is currently no evidence that dogs or cats are at risk of developing the COVID-19 illness from SARS-CoV-2 or that they can spread it to humans.

  1. Since other infectious diseases can spread between animals and humans, it is prudent to always exercise good hygiene when people, especially children, are around animals. This includes washing your hands after touching, feeding or cleaning up after your pet.
  2. Prepare your pets, just as you prepare your family, for an emergency. This includes stocking up on a 14 -day supply of food, medications (don’t forget subscription medications), litter and other supplies. (The CDC offers additional information here.)
  3. Make sure your pets’ medical records and shots are up to date in the event you cannot care for them and need to board your pet.
  4. As always, if your pet appears to be sick, seek the advice of your veterinarian.

How to Prepare for COVID-19 With Your Dog?

Hunkering down with Fido for a few weeks is easily done if you’re organized. It doesn’t have to be difficult, and with some  DOGTV or Animal Planet, enjoyable hikes, indoor or outdoor agility courses, puzzle toys, and a few good books, it can be a good opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time together.

Keep in mind that your dog is going to feel everyone’s stress, and in much the same way that you have to be relaxed and calm around your children, the same has to be done with your furry best friend.

Emergencies come in many forms, and some of us may be used to them by way of hurricanes, fast moving  brush fires, and earthquakes. Today, COVID-19 has taken the world by surprise, but how we take care of one another, including our pets is vital in maintaining normalcy.

To get started, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve done the following. If not, be sure to do them soon.

  1. Microchipped your pet
  2. Keep an emergency GO pet bag by the front door with your pet’s vaccination and health papers, an extra supply of meds, dog leashes, collars, pet CBD for anxiety and pain, grooming kit, water and feedbowls, food, and water.
  3. You should have enough dog or cat food for the entire month. If not, be sure to order this online, and have it delivered if you’re self-isolating or in self- quarantine. The same applies tosupplements and pet meds, make sure that you have enough to last youfor at least a month.
  4. Keep your pets nearby you inside your home, and accompany them outdoors in your yard to make sure that they’re safe. With all the misinformation going around, you’ll need to keep an eye out for all pets.
  5. Most importantly, arrange for pet care and dog care with walks, in caseyou get ill, and need to be hospitalized. Organize a pet hotel incase family are not available to help.
  6. Keep all pets current with vaccines, and make sure that you have copies of all health records with you, in case you decide to travel to an area with fewer COVID-19 cases.
  7. Never leave your pets alone at home without care. They count on you, and need your support.
  8. Use social media platforms.
  9. Consult with your veterinarian.

Making The Best of Self-Isolation with Fido

Having your furry best friend next to you during a mandatory self-isolation period means that you can enjoy quality time with your pets. Studies have demonstrated how being next to our pets helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Even if you’re feeling that you’re coping, things will seem a bit out of the norm because of COVID-19.

Your pet will also keep you company, if you’re experiencing bouts of loneliness during this period. Taking your dogs out for long walks can still allow for social distancing. Think of all the health benefits – a stronger immune system, less depression, more energy, and less anxiety and stress. 

You can work on some obedience training via Skype with your trainer, create an indoor agility course, and opt for a full –on spa day with pawdicures and popcorn while watching Netflix.

Autoshipping Dog Supplies

Humans and pets alike both benefit from auto shipping, most especially during a mandatory self-quarantine for COVID-19. Pets can benefit from  CBD supplements during times of stress and uncertainty. Your dog may also need relief from chronic aches and pains, or other health issues.

Digital sales have peaked during this period with pet parents opting for online shopping for pet products like  CBD bacon-flavored dog chews and other pet products.

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Identifying all the things that you love to do with your furry best friend during COVID-19’s mandatory self-isolation period, like exercising with your pooch, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating well, and taking supplements go hand-in–hand!

There’s no one-size fits all formula to working through this radically strange time, but no matter how hard it may seem, being organized and well-prepared with your furry best friend is key to staying on top of things with a positive attitude! And just remember, pets don’t transmit or carry COVID-19!

Meet The Author 

Claudia Bensimoun

Canine Specialist & Writer

Claudia Bensimoun is a freelance journalist and author, and specializes in veterinary content, and eBooks. She's a long-time feature writer for Animal Wellness magazine, Fido Friendly magazine, and the United States Dog Agility Association. In addition, Bensimoun has written for numerous pet websites, magazines, newspapers and online publications. Her interests include wildlife conservation, animal welfare, disaster/ humanitarian relief, veterinary research, and veganism.

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