It’s a scary thought for us pet parents. At this point there is no evidence to show Covid-19 can be transmitted by our pets. However, the virus can stay on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to 3 – 4 days, so it can theoretically remain on your pet’s coat.
Before you commence a classic Covid-19 cleaning frenzy and start bleaching your pets, there are easier ways to manage this. Your bubble is your pets bubble – so social distancing from other humans to pets is important. Avoid pet to human contact such as; petting, snuggling, being licked or kissed and sharing food. Keep your dog on a lead to avoid them from running up to someone.
How to pet proof against Covid-19:
Do not touch cats or dogs that are not in your bubble
Keep your cat inside
For outdoor cats; put gloves on, grab a warm damp flannel & rub them down – Note: this is not Covid proof but we understand some cats get too stressed if not let outside and can get sick as a result.
Dogs that escape – bath time!
Remember: Any towels you use need to be washed separately and throw out gloves or wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water afterwards.