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Caring for Your Dog During the Corona Virus

Friday, May 29, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

This crisis has posed all sorts of questions on all subjects including transmitting the virus to our best friends. What are the proper dos and don’ts when it comes to this virus. The Kennel club.org.UK has put together some valuable information on this subject.

Currently there is no evidence that dogs are affected by COVID-19, or that they can transmit the virus to other humans (read more about whether dogs can catch coronavirus here). As with any surface, if someone with COVID-19 touches, sneezes or coughs on a dog, the virus could temporarily contaminate them. Although we don’t know how long COVID-19 can survive on surfaces, scientists think that it could range from a few hours to several days, depending on the type of surface, how warm it is and levels of humidity.

During this time you should maintain good hygiene practices. Bath your dog often and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and hot water before and after you:

 

  • Feed them
  • Touch them
  • Touch their toys
  • Touch their bedding.

It’s also a good idea to try to avoid them licking or kissing your face and sharing your food with them. This advice is generally good practice as dogs can sometimes carry common bacteria which can also be passed on to humans.

Remember, your pets count!

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