We know this is a very confusing and tense time for you, imagine how your pets feel? I’m sure they can’t figure out why you are home all the time, but I bet they like it! Why not use this time for their benefit and yours? Now is an ideal time for you to work on training, new behaviors, at-home grooming maintenance, etc. Both dogs and cats enjoy interacting with us in these fun ways, and this type of interaction can help their behavior as a whole. Things like sit, stay and leave it commands can make a huge difference in the relationship with your pets.
At-home grooming maintenance can seem overwhelming, such as tooth brushing, ear cleaning, nail trims, brushing and bathing; it really can be fun! You can go to youtube for some fun and simple ideas to train your pets. Have fun with it.
When you go back to life as usual. This is really going to be tough on your fur babies! They have had you home for the last month or so and suddenly you’re gone all day. We strongly suggest you try to ease them into this. Toward the last week of staying at home try to leave a few times a day without them, go for a drive or just where they aren’t with you. They will adjust again but try to make it a little easier on them. If you haven’t taken your dog to doggy daycare before you might want to try that as well! It’s so great for them mentally, physically and will help with socialization as well.
Can pets get the COVID-19 Virus? While 2 dogs (Hong Kong) and 1 cat (Belgium) and 1 Tiger (NY) have been reported to have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people. (source: American Veterinary Medical Association 3/27/20)
Can pets transmit COVID-19?
The only potential risk for transmission would be if an infected person coughed directly onto an animal’s fur, then an uninfected person touched the fur shortly thereafter. Technically, it is possible for this type of environmental contamination to occur but not likely.
In closing. Just wash your hands! Clean, disinfect and take precautions. If you are diagnosed, have a family member or friend care for your pets until you recover. If you aren’t infected, then just wash your hands before and after playing. Be sure if you take your pups on a walk, don’t let other people pet them. Practice social distancing with your pets too!
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Stay healthy everyone and Bark On….
Tammy Vasquez – Bark Life