It is totally understandable to be scared or worried in these times ,whether it about yourself, loved ones, friends or pets. Unfortunately, social media and the internet can give misleading information. And of course we are all concerned with our beloved pets and animals. I, too, was concerned whether COVID-19 could be passed to one of my animals. With a little research you can find truthful answers. I decided to go straight to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website. Here is some information that I found reassuring in these frightening times.
At this time the CDC has found NO evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19, or that they might be a source of infection in the United States. Also noted, the CDC does not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States.
Here are some key points form the CDC:
* Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in certain types of animals.
*Coronaviruses that infect animals can become able to infect people, but this is rare.
*CDC does not know the direct source of the current outbreak of COVID-19
*CDC does not have evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19
*CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. Further study is needed to understand if, and how, different animals could be affected by COVID-19
*If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed) you should restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would a human. Limit contact with your animals until more information is known about the virus.
This information above has been taken directly from the Center for Disease Control website. And in no way is an opinion of myself or DKA TV
Many people are experiencing "shelter at home" orders at the moment. This means more time with our pets!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!
Here are a few tips:
Make sure you are stocked up with dog food and treats.
Play with your dogs! They are excited to have this extra time with you.
Train your dogs! This is a great opportunity to train. No excuses now!
Studies show spending time with your pets can reduces stress. Who doesn’t need a stress reducer in these times?
Don't be afraid to walk your dogs. Just practice social distancing. That means NO dog parks!!! They are never a great spot anyway!
Also, your dogs may feel your stress and not understand why. This may cause your dog to act a little different. Do not coddle your dog. Try to act as everything is normal.
We will all get through this together! One day we will look back and and cherish the extra time we had with our animals.
For now, stay at home! Stay safe! Stay healthy! And keep our furry friends healthy!
For more up to the minute information please visit the CDC website www.cdc.gov as things may change.