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messagePets and Covid 19
Posted by seenbeen April 08, 06:48PM

Please read

messageRe: Pets and Covid 19
Posted by michelle7984 April 11, 02:05AM

The cats cannot pass this to humans it is not zoonotic the cats and other animals that can pass any virus is because it is on their fur from someone sneezing/coughing etc.

messageRe: Pets and Covid 19
Posted by ED Bird April 11, 05:01PM

Vet Q&A: Can pets catch Coronavirus?

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19 virus) is now having a direct impact on everyoneís daily lives, following the most recent instructions from the Government. So itís no surprise a lot of pet owners are worried for their four-legged friends. Weíve been answering some of your questions.

The good news is, current advice from the World Health Organisation and British Veterinary Association is that thereís no evidence that pets can be a source of infection or that they can become sick from COVID-19.

We encourage all pet owners to take sensible precautions, and follow the latest guidelines. Weíll also be keeping this page updated as the situation evolves.

I've heard that pets can catch Covid-19, is this true?

We understand that there have been a very small number of pets across the world that tested positive for Covid-19. We're also aware of a limited study just released from Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China where a very small number of animals were deliberately exposed to high doses of the virus in an artificial setting. However, there are concerns with the methodology used, so any findings are to be interpreted with caution, and there is still no evidence that animals can transmit the virus to humans.

Obviously this is still a very new and fast-moving situation, and until more is known it's sensible to take precautions, such as washing your hands thoroughly after stroking, feeding or cleaning up after your pet. We have more advice on pet care during this time.

I am self-isolating, can my pet stay with me?

Yes, in most cases your pet can stay with you, however, itís advised to avoid close contact, such as sharing a bed. Wash your hands after touching and feeding your pet, and itís always a good idea to avoid letting them lick your face or share your food. Read our guidance for pet owners on this.

Can I still take my dog out for a walk?

Yes, latest Government guidance allows for one walk per day for each person, as long as social distance is maintained between people and dogs. If two adults live in the same home, then they could each walk the dog separately, ensuring the dog gets two walks a day. You must practice social distancing though, and keep at least two metres away from other people. Keep your dog on a lead around others and in public places and thoroughly wash your hands before leaving, and as soon as you get home again.

Dogs can be let out in the garden, or taken out to the toilet as needed. If you donít have a private garden, just make sure these trips are as quick as possible and ensure you maintain your social distance.

Does my pet need to wear a mask?

No, putting a mask on your pet isnít something weíd recommend. Wearing a face mask could be distressing for pets and may affect their ability to breathe normally, particularly in flat-faced breeds. To help stop the virus spreading, make sure you wash your hands with warm water and soap (especially before and after handling your pet and their food).

Can pets spread Coronavirus?

The virus is most commonly passed from person to person through coughing and sneezing. There is evidence that the virus can live on surfaces for some time, depending on the type of material, temperature and other factors. This could include your petís fur, so if you are showing any symptoms itís important to minimise contact with your pet as much as possible.

You should also maintain good hygiene practices, such as regularly washing your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water, especially after handling or feeding your pet. Itís always sensible to avoid letting your pet lick your face.

There is no need to give up or quarantine pets and we would urge owners not to panic. Pets can be a great source of comfort, and a daily dog walk (following the guidelines above) will be a good thing for everyoneís physical and mental health.

What should I do if my pet starts coughing and sneezing?

There is currently no evidence to suggest that dogs and cats can become ill from the COVID-19 virus. Check out our Pet Health Hub for information on the COVID-19 virus and the risk to our pets. [www.pdsa.org.uk]

If you notice any signs of illness in your pet we would advise calling your vet as usual in the first instance. They will advise you on the best course of action based on your circumstances, but please be aware that most vet practices will be operating very differently from usual. Please don't take your pet to a vet practice unannounced and bear with your local vet practice as they work to follow Government guidance in this unprecedented situation.

You can also access our online symptom checker.

As a pet owner, what can I do to help prevent the spread of the virus?

Please follow the latest Government advice and stay at home, and dog owners should follow our walking advice above.

Following good hygiene practices, such as washing your hands frequently, especially before and after leaving the house for essentials, and handling or feeding pets, also helps to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

What if I canít leave the house but my pet needs veterinary care or a prescription?

Itís best to give your vet a call to discuss your situation and see how they may be able to help. Do be aware that many vet practices may have additional procedures in place, and may need to prioritise emergencies in the current situation. The veterinary profession is doing everything possible to ensure essential and emergency services can be maintained during this difficult time, within Government guidance.

Is it true that hand sanitisers/anti-bac gel is poisonous to dogs?

We are aware of a false post being shared on social media that suggests hand sanitisers contain Ethylene Glycol, a chemical that is found in antifreeze and is extremely toxic to pets. This isnít true - hand sanitisers contain Ďethanolí (alcohol), not ethylene glycol. Ethanol (alcohol) can be harmful if ingested in a large quantity (i.e. an entire bottle), but it evaporates quickly and IS NOT HARMFUL if itís licked in small quantities from your skin, or your petís fur. Please do not let this false information put you off using hand sanitiser products at this critical time.

For more information and advice for pet owners during this outbreak, please visit our page.

Highly recommend following the advice of PDSA, icatcare & Cats Protection.

Heather {The Wingless Bird} [www.TheWinglessBird.com]

messageRe: Pets and Covid 19
Posted by FineWhine April 11, 06:05PM

...masks on dogs 😂

messageRe: Pets and Covid 19
Posted by ED Bird April 11, 07:56PM


... Yep! Taking it to another level! 😅

{Edit just to say: DON'T do this, guys!}

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit was april 11, 07:58pm by ED Bird.

messageRe: Pets and Covid 19
Posted by GrayFox April 24, 10:41AM

ED Bird Wrote:
> ... Yep! Taking it to another level! 😅
> {Edit just to say: DON'T do this, guys!}

Funny, but I also don't recommend doing this. The best thing you can do for your pets is to keep them indoors and give them all the love. It would be better to stock up the cat food and meds as I did before the quarantine happened.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was april 24, 10:42am by GrayFox.

messageRe: Pets and Covid 19
Posted by JohnL April 24, 10:54AM

Didn't a tiger catch it early on


messageRe: Pets and Covid 19
Posted by lindylou April 24, 05:44PM

Cats and dogs both have feline and canine coronovirus, and they always have. Unless you eat said animals it does not cross from animal to human/human to animal.

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