One topic that hasn’t been mentioned much is still very important, because it involves family!
Our pets have seemed to be a gray area during the Covid pandemic, mainly because there has not been a ton of data on them, and how they might be affected by the virus.
What does this mean for pet owners and how they should handle care for their animals during this time?
Well, according to the CDC, “A small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.” Check out the CDC link HERE to learn more.
With reports coming in about dogs and cats being afflicted with Covid-19, we now know that taking precautionary steps is a must, not only for humans, but for our furry friends too. What are some safe practices?
Treat your pets like you would any other member of your family - Don’t let pets interact with people outside of your immediate household. This is now necessary to prevent the spread of Covid-19 from people to animals, or from animals to people.
If someone in your house becomes sick, isolate them from other members of the household, including pets. It might be tempting to let your cat stay on your sick family member’s lap to keep them company, but it may just facilitate the spread to said animal.
Keep cats indoors to avoid unnecessary interactions with other animals that could lead to exposure. Even if your cat is used to being outside sometimes, try getting them a toy (one with catnip possibly!) that will have them entertained when indoors.
- When walking your dog, maintain 6 feet from other people, and maintain that distance between your dog and other dogs and people as well. Just treat them like a human in this case! Also, avoid crowded dog parks or walking areas that might lead to exposure.
Being cautious with your animals as well as your family and/or household members during this time is crucial to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
Stay safe out there!