Whilst we grapple with the fallout of this hideous virus we cannot discount its affect if any on our companion pets. At vetsallnatural we are monitoring the situation closely. At this point in time we have no evidence that indicates COVID-19 is a risk to your companion pets, dogs or cats. In a recent exert from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE); they quote:
“The current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human to human transmission. To date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare”.
When handling and caring for animals, basic hygiene measures should always be implemented. This includes hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking or sharing food.
When possible, people who are sick or under medical attention for COVID-19 should avoid close contact with their pets and have another member of their household care for their animals. If they must look after their pet, they should maintain good hygiene practices and wear a face mask if possible”