The AVMA released an advisory this week concerning pets and COVID-19.
The good news is that at this point, there is no evidence that shows our pets become ill with coronavirus or that they get/give it to other animals. Including us.
However, the initial "epicenter" of the outbreak in Wuhan China had a large seafood and animal market suggestive of humans receiving it from animals.
Here is a specific quote from the AVMA's press release:
You should still practice good hygiene and for your pet - keep them clean, clean bedding, bowls, toys, wash your hands...etc. Perhaps being more diligent and consistent now than maybe we were previously, makes for good, future practices as well.
Those that contract the virus, because of all the caution, shouldn't abandon extra safety measures or advisement, which means- someone else should be walking, feeding, and playing with the pets while they recuperate.
Amazon announced earlier today that it will run short of non-essential supplies until April once current inventory is out of stock.
If you don't already have an "emergency supply" of pet food and medications (considered 14-days), it is a good idea to stock up now.
This could be a positive time period for families as spending more time with your pets increases bonding and well-being (for EVERYONE) and perhaps more walks outside for the canine family members will help put a dent in the pet obesity problem we're currently dealing with!
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