While there is a lot of information on how coronavirus can affect us and what preventative measures we should be taking in the midst of this pandemic, pet owners are wondering how it affects their furry family members and what, if any, measures they should be taking. So here are the ins and outs of what you need to know.
Can pets get COVID-19?
- While not a lot is known at this point, we do know that two dogs, two cats, and several tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. At this time it is believed that pets are unlikely to be a source of transmission. While this is good news, it is also important to recognize that viruses are constantly evolving, and we are still learning about this particular virus. For now, we can simply take precautions to protect us and our pets, which brings us to our next point…
- If you are sick, limit contact with pets: The American Veterinary Medical Association states, “Out of an abundance of caution and until more is known about this virus, if you are ill with COVID-19 you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would restrict your contact with other people. When possible, have another member of your household or business take care of feeding and otherwise caring for any animals, including pets. If you have a service animal or you must care for your animals, including pets, wear a cloth facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.” In addition, the Center For Disease Control states, “We are still learning about this virus, but we know that it is zoonotic and it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations.” For those who are not ill, these are trying times and pets can be a wonderful source of stress relief so take the extra time to enjoy more cuddles and playtime.
- Veterinary Clinics: Like their human counterparts, many pets have ongoing medical conditions and medication needs. With all the shutdowns many pet parents are concerned about whether their vet clinics will remain open. Dr. Chris Armstrong, a veterinarian. and member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) Council, said that one of the main things pet owners should keep in mind is that vet clinics have been declared essential in many provinces and states. There are a number of petitions circulating for those states and provinces that have not yet declared veterinarians an essential service.
- Get Prepared Now! It is important to include pets in your family’s preparedness planning. If you get sick and are quarantined, having an emergency supply kit ready will help ease the stress. Make sure you always have 2-4 weeks worth of pet food, litter, supplements, and medication on hand. It’s also a good idea to have a supply kit of natural remedies on hand for your pet such as NaturPet Urinary Care, Ear Drops, Lung Care, Immuno Boost, and other general health or symptom relief products so that you can avoid having to find a family or friend to take your pet to the vet during your quarantine.
- Other precautions: As always, good hygiene is one of the best defenses so wash your hands frequently, including before and after handling pets or animal waste. If you or your pet is ill, seek appropriate medical or veterinary attention.
So while the threat as we understand it is low for our pets it’s a good time to think about our pet’s health and immunity. A lot of customers have asked us what products can strengthen their cat and dog’s immune system. Here are two of our favourites:
Pet Products for Strong Immunity
NaturPet Immuno Boost is an all natural, herbal immune modulator supports your pet’s healthy immune function and helps to maintain physical performance. Immuno Boost can be used daily in chronically ill or ageing pets, or, in healthy pets as a cleanse periodically for 2-3 weeks throughout the year as a preventative measure against illness.
NaturPet Lung Care soothes your pet’s respiratory system, calming bronchial spasm and dry, spasmodic coughs. The formula uses antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral herbs that combat infection and boost the immune system.
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Of course making sure your pet gets good quality food (this does not include table scraps!), exercise, fresh air, and an omega supplement like Dr. Maggie Skin & Coat are all going to support your pet’s good health and make them better equipped to fight off any kind of illness.
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