During this Covid-19, health is the most essential thing. However, not only human should take care of it but also pets including dog and cat. A small number of dog and cat have been reported to be infected with the coronavirus. This means people can spread the virus to pet somehow A good new is the chance of spreading COVID-19 from pet to human is still low. However, to keep it safe for others but still cost-saving, you can refer to this guide below for better protection.
Information about COVID-19 and pet
- There is no confirmation that animals play a notable function in the widening of the coronavirus that drives to a pandemic
- The chance of animal developing sickness to people if supposed to be low
- Researchers are still receiving about the virus and it is possible to transfer from human to animal
- Veterinarians and their staff are still on their way to make sure their client’s safety
What you should do if you have pets
As said above, pet can still have the risk to spread the virus to a human. Therefore, in order to remain everyone safe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested you do this list:
- Keep your dog/cat indoors if possible and keep them under your control
- Stay away from others at least 2 meters if you walk your pets
- Evade from crowded places such as public, centre malls, park,…
- Protection mask is compulsory for human during this time but it should not be used for pets cause it can damage their health
- There are no researches related to fur, paw and hair from pets can transfer the virus to human, so make sure to give your pet a soft bath with their specialized shower gel but not any alcohol or hard chemical toxic shower gel.
- Especially, talk to your veterinarian if your pets get any different sign and if you concern about their health.
- Practise good pet hygiene by keeping a pet and their supplies out of the kitchen, also sanitise pet environments and stocks outside the house when possible. Never clean pet’s equipment in the kitchen sink, food preparation areas, or the shower sink; pet can spoil surfaces in your home with germs without your hand touching them.
- Often remove your dog’s poop from your backyard and crowded places by using a bag, and arrange of it in peculiar areas. Dog and cat deck can have bacteriae and viruses that can be dangerous to people. Keep children away from areas that might carry dog or cat poop to block them from getting roundworms and hookworms. Clear sandboxes so cats don’t use them as a litter box. Clear the cat’s litter box every day to decrease the chances of illness to serious saprophytes. Importantly, pregnant ladies should withdraw changing a cat’s litter box if practicable.
If you have a slight symptom of coronavirus even if it is just an assumption or confirmed by the test, the first and foremost thing you should do is to stay away from your pet to keep them safe. CDC warns to not contact with pet during this time and other animals too. To help to avoid any worse situation may happen, you can follow these steps:
- Ask for other people in your home to take care of the pet for you
- Step aside from your pet including petting, kissing, sharing food and sleeping at the same bed
- If it is impossible for you to asking for somebody to look after the pet for you, then you have to make sure washing hand before and after touching your pet, also wear a mask while you are near them
- The bad situation happens if you are sick or have the sign of fever, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, sneezing,… and your pets do also. In this case, call the veterinarian to come and take them for you. You should not take your pet to the place by yourself in order to avoid spreading the virus into other people.
How to stay healthy around animals
- Wash your hand regularly before and after contact with pet and anything related to them with hand sanitizer or alcohol-based liquid
- Collect all the information about your pet’s health online or from your veterinarian
- If you have kids, make sure that kids that are 5 or younger or older people should extra careful when next to the animal