May 26, 2020
By LG Nixon
CORONAVIRUS AND YOUR PETS
There is a lot of misinformation about the Coronavirus or Covid-19. It is important to check your sources for correct and current information. Here’s what we do know:
According to the CDC, there is no evidence at this time our pets can get or spread the disease. Human receptors are very different from our canine or feline companions. The genetic compilation of animal viruses are uniquely different from human viruses making it a very low risk for contamination from one to the other.
Coronaviruses are known to mutate and may have a future impact on people and pets. Some forms of canine kennel cough are caused by a coronavirus.
The best defense against the spread of bacterias and viruses is cleanliness. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, particularly after handling animals, waste, or being around someone who is ill. Also clean common surfaces regularly to minimize the risk of spreading an illness.
An environmentally safe and effective cleanser to use is cleaning vinegar. It can kill up of 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, and combined with a microfiber cleaning cloth, your surface will be very nearly sterile.
If you or a loved is ill, it is a good idea to separate the illness from your pet(s). Do not touch or snuggle your pet and limit interaction. Do not allow others to touch your pet. Bacteria and viruses can live on the surface of your pets body for several hours after contact. It is a safe practice to bathe your pet often with a quality shampoo to prevent any accidental spread.
You should have an emergency plan in place for caring for your pets if you are indisposed. Ready access to all health records, emergency, and veterinarian contact names and numbers, foods, allergies and medications including flea and tick, and heart worm medications should be available to care providers. Always have at least 2 – 4 weeks of supplies available.
If your pet becomes ill, see your veterinarian as soon as possible.
It is always best to take a proactive approach to healthcare for you and your pet. By establishing good habits, readiness for any emergency, we can all ride out the storm with confidence.
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