Covid-19 & Pets: What You Need To Know.

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There’s a light at the end of the tunnel of this Covid-19 pandemic… there’s NO EVIDENCE that animals can become infected with the new Covid-19 (also known as coronavirus) as of now, according to the World Health Organization. You can still enjoy your time with your fluffy friends. The Covid-19 has caused lots of uncertainty across the globe, the one thing you can continue to find affirmation and joy in is your dog.

How Covid-19 Is Spread.

The Covid-19 disease can be very easily transmitted. Like other SARS viruses, Covid-19 is transmitted through droplets of coughing, sneezing, saliva, or discharge from the nose. Although pets generate droplets significantly quicker than humans, there are big barriers for the virus to jump from humans to animals, and vice versa. In rare situations, when a pet carries the virus, the chances are very slim that the virus would carry to a human.

The Facts.

During this time, it’s important to stay as up to date on new information regarding the Covid-19. It’s vital to know about how the virus transmits. About a month ago when the daily death toll reached its peak in China, local officials of a village in Zhejiang province asked all residents to quarantine animals and slaughtered all stray dogs on the street(link in Chinese). Another village in China made a similar rule at the end of January to kill animals to contain the spread of the virus. Luckily, the US has not taken as extreme of measures.

How To Prevent Covid-19 From Spreading.

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First and foremost… WASH YOUR HANDS! With more and more people starting to work from home, workout and home, and eat all meals at home- it’s inevitable that you will be spending more time with your fluffy friend than usual. Make sure you wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. Obviously, the pet owners have a much higher chance of spreading Covid-19 than the pets themselves. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us here at Ruffger’s.