We love our dogs. They’re our best friends and family, all rolled up into one. But the Coronavirus crisis is, understandably, presenting new worries and fears for us all.You may be wondering how to keep your precious pup safe and healthy during this time of uncertainty. So, we’ve gathered a few important Q&A’s and tips to help guide you and your pet through the crisis.
Can my dog contract the Coronavirus?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is spread to humans via person-to-person contact. We have had no reports of pets or livestock contracting the disease in the U.S. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) has found no evidence that dogs or cats have gotten the Coronavirus.
Prepare a supply kit.
Just as you might stock up on some essential grocery supplies, it’s a good idea to have pet supplies on hand in case of an emergency. Include a 30-day supply of your dog’s medications, as well as at least two weeks’ worth of food.
Identify an emergency caregiver.
If you become sick or hospitalized during the crisis, you’ll want to know your dog is being cared for. Designate someone who could assist with your dog’s short- or long-term care if you are unable to provide for it. Family members, friends, neighbors, and even a trusted boarding facility are all good candidates.
Assemble a dog ‘how-to’ manual.
If you do need to rely on a caregiver for your dog, make it simple for them by gathering all your pet’s information in one location. Start with the most important bits of information, such as medical conditions, medications taken, and veterinarian contacts. Add food preferences, habits, and behavioral traits as well.
Armed with a little information and preparation, you can be sure your dog stays safe and healthy during the Coronavirus crisis. As the pandemic progresses, we’ll be sure to provide additional information for caring for your pet if it becomes available.