COVID-19 and your pets

 

It’s tanked beer sales, caused a toilet paper frenzy, and sent some Australians running around like headless chooks. Yeap, we’re talking about the coronavirus.

 

And now the focus of many pet lovers in Australia (and worldwide), is how it’ll affect our pets. We’ve compiled some essential information from various reputable sources on COVID-19 and what that means for you and your pet.

 

Long story short, keep loving your pets, and keep showering them with love and cuddles. And please DO NOT put them down.

 

  1. No evidence that pets can spread the Coronavirus

Initial discussions and fear around pets spreading the Coronavirus came about after a recent case in Hong Kong. Pets of those who were diagnosed with COVID-19 were quarantined as part of precautionary and proactive measures. One of these pets had trace amounts of the viral genetic material in the dog’s nose and mouth. The dog did not get sick and was shown not to be contagious to other people and pets. There is no evidence (statement made by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 2 March 2020) that pets can be infected with the new strain of coronavirus.

 

  1. The COVID-19 virus is spread from human to human contact

The infection is spread from human to human contact, and there is no evidence that pets are involved.

 

  1. Can pets get coronavirus?

Yes BUT don’t panic! The coronavirus which affects cats and dogs are different from the current COVID-19 affecting humans. Coronavirus is a type of virus which has been around for a long time. The current COVID-19 is a cause for worry (for humans) but this is not the kind which infects cats and dogs. The World Health Organisation said current evidence suggests COVID-19 is unable to spread from humans to dogs. Canine coronavirus is a contagious intestinal disease specific to dogs, both wild and domestic. Symptoms may include a single instance of vomiting and a few days of diarrhoea. So relax. Your pet is safe. The similar name has caused unnecessary confusion and panic.

 

  1. Protecting yourself and your pet

COVID-19 is spread due to exposure from and infected person, so to best protect yourself, practice precautionary hygiene measures. Health departments recommend thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water and distancing yourself from those who are unwell, and to avoid touching your face. Face masks may also be a good idea.

As always, good hygiene with your pet is also always recommended. This includes washing your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This can protect you against common bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella which can pass between pets and humans.

 

So there you have it. Keep spending time with your pets and continue to shower them with love. And if you need more toys to entertain them with, check out our interactive range here. It’s good fun for both you and your dog, and helps with your bonding.

 

*do note that the situation is constantly evolving. We will do our best to keep up with the situation and provide you with new information as it becomes available. You can monitor the websites of World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) for up to date information.

 Information provided is accurate at time of publishing 12pm AWST 12.03.2020