In North America, the long-feared secondary COVID-19 surge is here – what should puppy owners be prepared to face as cases continue to spike?
Protecting Your Dog From COVID-19
The good news is that the chances of your pup falling ill with COVID-19 continue to be rare.
Back in the spring, we shared some tips to keep your furry friends safe from the novel coronavirus, and although we’re constantly learning new things about this disease, our advice holds true:
- Be diligent about handwashing. Soap and water are best, but hand sanitizer can also help limit the spread of germs.
- Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, and face, and do not allow your dog to lick your face – or worse, your mouth!
- Maintain your distance when you encounter other people and pets when out for daily exercise.
- Disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home.
- Stay prepared by stocking up on your pet’s medications, foods, and other supplies in case of shutdowns or other accessibility issues.
Transmission of COVID-19 from pets to people (and vice-versa) continues to be rare, but owners must do all they can to keep their pups safe. If you test positive for COVID-19, it’s recommended that someone else in your household provide care for your dog while you recover in quarantine.
Maintain Your Pup’s Regular Grooming Appointments
Grooming is an essential part of your dog’s care and contributes to their overall health and wellbeing. Be sure to keep your regular grooming appointments if local restrictions allow, otherwise delaying could make some matting issues and other concerns worse. If your dog has a coat that easily tangles, this is especially important!
For some dog owners, this is a great time to consider some DIY pet grooming at home. Basic grooming tasks like brushing or bathing can be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog alike, bonding you even closer!
Veterinary Care Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Surge
Every region has a different protocol for COVID-19 and what your access to veterinary care during this unprecedented time will look like truly depends on where you live.
In some areas, care continues to be provided as usual. Other veterinary professionals have opted to provide “curbside service” or “modified curbside service” for specific concerns and limited or restricted elective surgeries and other procedures.
Wherever you live, it’s important to note that continued veterinary care is critical to maintain your pet’s overall health and prevent larger long-term issues.
Talk to your veterinary care provider about their policies and procedures and use this time to address your questions or concerns. They’ll be happy to discuss how you can plan to keep your dog’s health a priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic.