Lily and I have a couple favorite doggo related Coronavirus memes. I have included them below along with the one that inspired the photo above. But first, I have put together a list of FAQs when it comes to the virus and dogs, and some great resources to follow for any updates in the future.
According to the CDC, “At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection in the United States.”
According to the CDC, “CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.”
According to IDEXX, a leading veterinary diagnostic company, “Thousands of canine and feline specimens tested surfaced no positive results to date.”
There is no need to increase the bathing or cleaning of your pets during this time. If your pet is exposed to an infected person, it is possible that they could carry the virus particles on their fur and transfer it to another human by way of petting but this is unlikely. I would suggest not letting unknown persons pet your animal for the time being. If you are maintaining the 6 feet away rule, then you should be fine.
It is not recommended to take your dog to a dog park right now, not because of a threat to them but the fact that you are then putting yourself in a group setting that could be infected or be carriers.
Daily walks on the other hand are a great way to get your pup the exercise they need. Don’t want to go outside for long periods of time? Dog walking apps such as WAG! are offering social distanced walks where you have your pup in their collar and leash ready to go when the dog walker gets there and they don’t need to come inside at all. The walker takes your pup walks them, then drops them back off without setting foot in your house. This is great for those that are newly working from home now and need an outlet for their pup’s energy. For $25 in free WAG! credits you can use my link : https://wagwalking.app.link/ST5NzCJlj3
Something else to consider is a puzzle toy. Usually a toy that has several ways of getting a treat from inside that tests your pup’s brain and gets them mental stimulated. Lily has one that looks like this:
Here are some great sources to follow:
Stay happy and stay safe out there friends!
Jess & Lily