COVID-19 and your pets
The past four weeks has created a new way of life for so many in the United States, as well as individuals in our group. With the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, many of us have begun to worry about what we should do with our beloved fur-babies should we become infected. While the Centers for Disease Control has indicated the risk of spreading infection to your pets is minimal, it is still recommending treating your pets as you would your human household members. This means no snuggling, petting, or sharing of food or bedding. This is disheartening as our pets are often our source of comfort when we are not feeling well. If you are in a situation where you are the only caregiver for the animals, you should wear a cloth face covering around them and to wash your hands before and after feeding, cleaning or petting them.
While only a fraction of the population that becomes symptomatic of COVID-19 will require hospitalization, it is a reality that should be addressed. Creating a preparedness plan is something every pet owner should do once they’ve adopted an animal. This plan should also be updated regularly. Living in Ohio where our concerns of natural disasters are rather minimal, most of us may not have a plan in place. Now is a good time to create one! The most important steps to take include appointing someone who has a key to your home to take care of your animals, maintaining up to date records as well as instructions for the animals. If you do not have someone you can trust to take care of your animals, you can reach out to local shelters and animal service agencies to find out what support is available.
As pet owners and animal lovers, we may find ourselves in the position of caregiver to a friend or family members pet. As the emergency caregiver, you may be concerned about contracting COVID-19 from the infected persons home or animals. While you are unlikely to become infected from their animal, precautions should still be taken when entering their home. According to the National Institute of Health, the virus can survive two to three days on plastic, outside of a host. It will be very important to wear face masks while in the home and around the animals, maintain proper hygiene by washing your hands and avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth and nose. By taking these precautions, you can safely assume the caregiver role, allowing the inflicted to focus on recovery.
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From the leadership team to all our Weirdos, stay safe and healthy! We are here for you to reach out to. Be sure to check in with your loved ones regularly!
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