Coronaviruses affect people and animals differently
26 March, 2020, 19:44
"We have been working through with MBIE in respect of our operation during the level 4 alert phase and have received confirmation that we are considered an essential service business as we are an "entity whose closure would jeopardise the maintenance of animal health or welfare standards".
Develop a schedule - Many pets, like people, are comforted by routines.
Thankfully, it's also unlikely.
"We applaud those in the community who foster a cat or dog as a way to help shelters free up space for additional animals in need during the coronavirus pandemic", said Jeff Manley, co-owner of Wag Heaven.
However, some continued to slam the company for staying open as it causes the potential for the virus to spread through animals. The specimens were obtained from those submitted to IDEXX Reference Laboratories for PCR testing. Even so, Dr. Sharkawy said mosquitos can still transmit West Nile virus, which can lead to serious disease, particularly for people over the age of 50.
Pet owners should take note that while there is a general Coronavirus vaccine, it is not created to work against this particular virus.
In a Facebook post, Pets in the City said it changed its check-in and check-out procedures, asking customers to wait outside before being greeted by staff. "Pets may temporarily harbor virus on the coat and other areas of the pet's body".
According to the CDC, "In the United States, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time".
If you or your pet does get the flu, do what my mom does for me.
But the academy emphasized that "in a home where a sick person has COVID-19, the risk for people living under the same roof is much bigger from contact with the sick person than with the pet".
Sometimes, that isn't possible.
And while Tri-County Veterinary Clinic in Fostoria hasn't been blitzed with anxious pet owners, Dr. Timothy Stacy and his staff have been able to provide good news.
If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.
Then there's the worst scenario - being in hospital quarantine or care that makes separation from one's pet unavoidable.
"We may come up with situations where we would have a non-infected member of their household bring animals to the clinic, but not come into the clinic", she said. "There's also no evidence that pets can become infected or spread to other animals or humans".
Jeanette Pilak, volunteer coordinator for Harmony Farm Sanctuary, a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating farm animals, had several therapy dogs over the years and knows firsthand how animals can help people feel better.
All of this said ... it isn't all gloom and doom.
"Pets tested in the US have all tested negative so far", Coulon said.
"This is an opportunity to have companionship in that pet". If you suspect your BFF has been around someone who has the COVID virus, give him a bath. "We are doing our part to assist fosters with the added cost of feeding by providing bags of dog and cat food to them at no charge as a gesture of appreciation".