How To Protect Your Pet Against Coronavirus, According To Vets

Ashley Carestia

Posted on March 12 2020

How To Protect Your Pet Against Coronavirus, According To Vets
Dear customers,
Staying clean is more important than ever. By now we're all aware that Coronavirus (COVID-19) not only affects humans but our furry friends too. The number one way you can protect your furry friends is by keeping yourself safe from Coronavirus, and that means practicing good hygiene.
Coronavirus has officially made a significant impact on our culture, our work, and especially our economy. We feel it is important to connect directly with you to share more about the steps we are taking across our stores and businesses to help keep you, our employees and our communities safe and healthy.
Even if it hasn't spread too widely in the United States, it has greatly changed how a number of major industries will operate for at least several months.
Naturally, the health and safety of our customers and employees are our top priority.
Our store and all products are cleaned and sanitized daily as part of our normal course of business.
All orders that we don’t have in stock that require us to order from the manufacturer are ruinously wiped down and sanitized with bacterial wipes.
As we mentioned in our last email sent on Sun, Feb 16, 2020 at 11:27 am EST, It is our responsibility to keep everyone safe at Bark Fifth Avenue-co-workers and clients. If any of our co-workers are not feeling well, they are not allowed to come to work. It is our hope you can understand.
Regarding orders, shipping delays are possible since global delivery has been disrupted as UPS and FedEx recently reached an agreement that allows pilots to take a leave of absence for trips into or out of effected areas. This has caused great strain on small businesses such as ours.
Many factories have shut down production causing a lot of delays and small businesses are not receiving merchandise. We want to advise to our clients that we are following, of course, what happens there and sticking to the recommendations from the CDC.
We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have during this time. The safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority.
We have been receiving a lot of questions regarding the coronavirus and their pets and want to share ways to protect your pet. We also put together a helpful list of items that are available for all of your sanitizing needs to ensure you and your pet stay healthy through this unpredictable time.

We have created a list of items that are available for all of your sanitizing needs to ensure you and your pet stay healthy through this unpredictable time.

How To Protect Your Pet Against Coronavirus, According To Vets

Coronavirus has shaken the world, bringing with it a sense of panic, and a fear of the unknown. Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a viral respiratory illness, spread through droplets from coughs or sneezes or when someone touches their face after coming into contact with an infected surface. This, along with its quick transmission throughout the world, understandably, has alarmed a few people. Everyone is afraid of exposure and how sick they may get if they catch it - or what vulnerable members of their community they may pass the virus on to.
That fear, of course, extends to our pets, and with so little we actually know for sure, it’s natural to worry. Especially when news broke on March 5 that there was a confirmed case of Coronavirus in a dog in Hong Kong. And while the diagnosis has been labeled “low-level” and a “weak positive,” it has sparked another wave of worries for the population.
In response to these fears, the American Veterinary Medical Association recently put out a statement on their website, saying that “multiple international and domestic health organizations have indicated that pets and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19” and, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no animals (as of publishing time) in the United States have been identified with the virus, and there is no evidence that dogs or other pets can spread COVID-19.
That’s great news, right? But, there’s, of course, a lot we don’t know. No dogs in America have been positive yet. But it’s not like we’re actively going around testing them, either.
The CDC suggests that any people who are sick with COVID-19 (or who think they might be) should isolate themselves from pets and other animals, just like they would with other people. For example, if you are sick, have another member of the family walk and feed the dog or cat, just to play it safe, and avoid snuggling with your pet (as hard as it is!) until the virus is gone. If you aren’t sure and think you might have it, wash your hands thoroughly before and after interacting with those animals.
The sad reality is, even though there have been no cases yet in America of pets with COVID-19, the potential human-animal interaction of the virus is not currently known. “Much as SARS was seen in cats in other countries, it is very possible that this virus can find other hosts,” says Dr. Dan Hochman DVM of Grove Street Veterinary in New Canaan, Connecticut.
In practical terms, we may want to think about the household pet in a quarantine situation. “If an individual is quarantined, it may be wise to view the cat or dog as having the potential to carry it to others in that home,” says Dr. Hochman.
Again we do not know if this will be the case, but we should be aware and cautious. “There is, as of now, only one case of a dog testing positive in Hong Kong and is quarantined with no signs,” says Dr. Hochman.
If You Think You Have Coronavirus
Anyone who has been exposed should monitor their pet(s) for illness as they are monitoring their own health. “If a person has been exposed to COVID-19 and their pet shows symptoms of illness, the pet should be isolated from other animals in the house and the owner should call their veterinarian or a veterinary emergency center,” says Dr. Jerry Klein, an emergency and critical care veterinarian, and Chief Veterinary Officer for the AKC. The owner should be sure to tell the veterinary facility of the potential or actual exposure. “Pets exposed to COVID-19 should not be taken to a veterinary clinic or veterinary hospital without first calling and explaining the situation. The clinic or hospital may want to utilize an isolation protocol in caring for the pet,” says Dr. Klein.
Also, while isolating, it’d be a good idea to keep them away from other pets, such as playgroups, parks, or other animals in their pet family.
How To Protect Your Pet From Coronavirus
The number one way you can protect your furry friends is by keeping yourself safe from Coronavirus, and that means practicing good hygiene. “If you do contract the disease, then it is wise to ask someone else to care for your pets while you are sick and under quarantine. If you have no one to care for your pets, then avoid close contact – so no kissing and cuddling and definitely no sharing food, bowls, and utensils while under quarantine,” says Dr. Leigh Davidson BVSc, of Your Vet Online.
Coronavirus Symptoms To Watch Out For In Your Pets
This is rather complicated. Since there are currently no cases of Coronavirus in pets in the United States, it is hard to say what the symptoms would be like compared to the symptoms in humans. The infected dog in Hong Kong is showing no symptoms at all. That said, “if you have an animal or pet that becomes sick after contact with people infected by COVID-19, it is important to contact your veterinarian, but remember it is highly unlikely that a dog or cat could be infected,” says Dr. Rachel Barrack, DVM, CVA, CVCH, and founder of a concierge practice, Animal Acupuncture. In short, take the same precautions with your pet as you would yourself.
Sincerely,
Ashley Carestia, APR
Propriétaire 
Bark Fifth Avenue

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