Animal Health Week is a yearly event sponsored by the Canadian Veterinarian Medical Association (CVMA). This year information released by the CVMA focused on COVID-19 and the protocols in place to ensure the safety of all clients, human and pet alike, as they visit the vet office. Practices in place include only one owner and pet in a clinic room at one time, no waiting in the lobby and calling for appointments. Vets are doing their best to ensure the safety and welfare of their clients during this time and sharing great information on their website during ‘townhall’ conferences and social media. www.canadianveternarians.com.
Pets and COVID-19
Pets contribute to our overall happiness and well-being, especially in times stress. If you have no symptoms of COVID-19 and are not self-isolating, taking walks with your dog or spending time with your pet can help keep both you and your pet healthy. What happens to your pet if you test positive with Covid-19 and have to self-isolate is a question many pet animals are wondering about. How do you keep your pet safe and can you spread it to your dog or cat? There has not been a medically supported case of infected humans spreading the virus but reports have been circulating that it is a possibility. Until more information is available it is difficult to know exactly what to do.
The CVMD recommends that is you are self-isolating it is best to avoid close contact with the family pets don’t let the animal lick you, snuggle with you, share food, or have them in your bed or on your lap. Always practice good hygiene washing your hands frequently, avoid coughing or sneezing on your animals and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
It is also recommended that you restrict your animal’s contact with other people and animals outside the household until your illness is resolved or you are no longer required by the public health authority to quarantine (self-isolate). Keep your cats indoors at all times and when taking a dog outside to the bathroom keep them on a leash or in a fenced in lot. If your animal shows signs of illness and you are concerned about their health, contact your veterinarian.