'My dog is my family': Pet owners respond to misinformation around coronavirus

Henrietta Strickland
March 25, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and the American Veterinary Association have recently stated that pets are NOT a risk for spreading COVID-19.

If someone has the virus locally and their pet has an elective surgery coming up, San Juan Veterinary Hospital will ask them to reschedule, she explained.

Pet parents across the globe can rejoice and hug their furry little ones tighter tonight, after experts say animals can't pass the coronavirus, COVID-19, to humans.

Another pet owner hailing from New Delhi, Chandan Prasad told ANI that though World Health Organization says that there are no present studies that support the fact that pets get contracted by coronavirus but if future studies prove that they can be infected even then they should not be abandoned. "That was several weeks ago, and it belonged to a woman who had tested positive".

"Idexx is the reference lab that we use for our blood testing". However, domestic dogs and cats do not appear to be carriers.

Sepulveda said, "This may be overkill, but it's a good idea to have a folder with all the information on your pet - vaccinations and previous medical history, so if you need to evacuate the area, you're ready to go".

And while Tri-County Veterinary Clinic in Fostoria hasn't been blitzed with anxious pet owners, Dr. Timothy Stacy and his staff have been able to provide good news.

Those two animals tested positive for this particular strain of coronavirus, Farrah noted. Nguyen said Woodburn Pet Hospital has initially adjusted clinic procedures to ensure that is not the case there.

Avoid sharing your food or being kissed or licked by your pet and always wash your hands.

"I think people are more anxious about (WPH) closing and not having access". "I think supplies are more of a distribution (issue). I haven't had any trouble getting food or medical supplies from my distributors". "We've been recommending that people play it safe if they're sick - don't nuzzle and snuggle your pets, just in case the virus particles get on their coat".

"There's no need to separate from your pet if you're feeling well". "Having a mobile credit-card reader helps. They would stay at home with the people".

Nguyen added that despite all efforts to keep regular hours, WPH would have to make some hourly adjustments.

"But it's not known 100 percent yet whether that's true", she said.

Some places, such as the Willamette Humane Society, have had to shut down and suspend activities due to the virus.

As of March 19, WHS has established an appointment-only basis for adoptions and intake, closing the shelter to the general public.

Don't buy face masks for your pets, Sepulveda said.

"Sadly, we expect to lose many of our vital donations which is a huge worry", she said, "We are in this together and we'll do everything we can to continue rescuing and caring for Ireland's most cruelly treated animals".

Some pet owners are still being more cautious than usual with their dog walk routines.

Should I be cleaning my dog/cat more often?

Keep pets busy with interactive games and toys.

In fact, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) in Hong Kong concluded: "The sequence results indicate that the virus likely spread from the infected person and subsequently infected the dog".

There is no evidence to suggest this is necessary.

GreatPetCare.com, along with its veterinary contributors, is supplying information about the steps pet owners can take to prepare and protect their pets during the pandemic.

Restrict contact with other people and animals and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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