There’s is no evidence to suggest that pets can be carriers of Coronavirus or can become ill from it themselves, however your pets may be impacted if you or any members of your family test positive for the virus and have to stay at home.
Advice by our animal welfare expert, Dr Samantha Gaines.
- If you haven’t tested positive or been asked to self-isolate then continue to interact with your pets as normal but adopt good hygiene practices including washing hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after touching them, their food, toys and bedding. This is good advice at any time and not specific to the Coronavirus situation.
- Avoid being kissed or licked and sharing food with your pet.
- Ensure you have supplies of pet food and medication in case you need to stay at home.
- Give your vet a call or ask your doctor for more advice.
- You can go outside for a walk when social distancing but Government guidance advises keeping two metres away from others.