Amid the growing concerns around the worldwide COVID-19 virus outbreak, many pet owners are growing more and more concerned about their health and the health of their pets. With media sensationalism and global medical shortages, their anxiety is easily understood. Are our pets safe from the coronavirus and, if not, what precautions should we be taking to ensure their health and safety?
Let’s take a look at some things that pet owners can do to protect their pets during the coronavirus pandemic:
Can My Pet Contract the Coronavirus?
The World Health Organization says that the coronavirus is spread to humans through person-to-person contact, but they are unsure how, or if, pets can contract it from humans. They still suggest that pet owners do the following during this global pandemic:
Wash Your Hands- you should always follow basic hygiene around animals and that includes washing your hands often and thoroughly. Any time you come into contact with an animal that has been outside, or you touch their food or supplies, you should wash with an antibacterial hand soap.
Stock Up On Pet Supplies- during the coronavirus pandemic, you might not be able to go to the grocery store for food and supplies, and that includes pet food. Just as you would stock up on food for you and your family, you should also stock up on pet supplies and food as well. You should have a 30-day supply of your pets’ medications, as well as at least two weeks’ worth of food.
Designate An Emergency Caregiver- if something does happen to you and you are hospitalized, you should designate an emergency caregiver who can take care of your pet until you are healthy again. This can be a family member, friend, neighbour or your favourite boarding facility.
Create A Pet Dossier- if you do happen to need an emergency caregiver, you might not be in any capacity to tell them about your pet’s behavioural tendencies, medications, special food requirements or daily schedule. To help make caring for your pet easier, you can create a pet dossier with all of the information they might need.
Contact Starwood Animal Transport Limited
To learn more tips for protecting your pets during the coronavirus pandemic, contact Starwood Animal Transport Limited today and speak with a pet travel professional who can answer any questions you might have.
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