To our Barksdale family and community—as concerns around Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, we remain diligent in evaluating the latest information at local and national levels. Being prepared for our families and our dogs is an important priority.
You may already be aware of the basic steps you can take; listed here are some other guidelines for your convenience.
- Order extra dog food
- Stock cleaning supplies and disinfectants
- Talk to your vet about any concerns you may have; keep their contact numbers and clinic info on hand for urgent questions and/or emergencies
- Medications- get sufficient medications for both you and your dogs ( at least a two week supply)
- Practice good self-care—wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds, eat healthy foods, drink plenty of fluids and get rest
- Exercise with your dog—get outdoors and breathe in the fresh air (staying away from crowds)
- Update yourself with info from reputed sources like the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/.
Is my pet at risk from the Covid-19 Coronavirus or will my pet infect me?
According to WHO (World Health Organization), there is no evidence to suggest that dogs and cats have become ill with the virus or become a source of infection in humans or other animals.
- If your dog is usually at home and doesn’t contact other dogs or people, the odds that your pet would become infected are highly unlikely.
- If you have the symptoms of Covid-19 and are infected, restrict your contact with pets and animals just like you would with other people.
- Avoid direct contact with pets including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked and sharing food.
- If you must care for your pet, wash your hands before and after pet interaction, wear a facemask as directed by your physician.
- As a matter of routine health, wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets to avoid transmission of more common illness causing agents like salmonella and E. coli.
- To protect your pet from respiratory diseases, vaccinate your pet for Bordtella.