In addition to creating a new normal and causing a lot of stress, COVID-19 has brought up many concerns among pet owners as well.
While we are all still learning about this virus and how it might affect animals, there are simple ways to protect your pet from possible infection. Here are four things to help keep you and your pet safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
Only rely on reputable sources for up to date and correct information. While you can turn to Facebook for tips on where to find sanitizer or the best toilet paper deals, avoid using social media as your primary source of COVID-19 information.
Instead, rely on major animal and human health organizations for the most current and accurate research about this always evolving situation. A few reliable sources include:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Don’t stress too much.
Pets are an essential part of our lives, and now we are spending even more time with our pets than ever. Because of this it’s important to stay calm and not worry too much as this can cause stress in our pets.
It is important to know that a small number of pets worldwide have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. Most of these pets got infected only after close contact with people who had COVID-19, and only a few of these animals got sick from the infection.
While this information might still sound alarming, the good news is that there are ways to include your pets in your day-to-day activities to prevent infection. It’s important to treat pets like other human family members to protect them.
- Don’t let your pets interact with people or other animals outside your household.
- Walk your dog, but always on a leash at least six feet from other people and animals.
- Keep cats indoors as much as possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
- Don’t go to dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
College Road and Carolina Beach Animal Hospitals are here for you.
Know that we are taking every precaution to protect you and our staff while still keeping your pet healthy.
As a vital part of the health care community, we will remain open and provide critical medical care for your pet. As we continue to navigate this situation, we may update our protocols to protect everyone involved. However, we are here for all your pet’s needs and providing all services.