As the world becomes increasingly embroiled in the global COVID-19 pandemic crisis, there is one important question that most people tend to overlook: “What about our precious pets?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this current global infection spreads through human to human transmissions. In short, there is no evidence yet that proves that animals can become carriers of the disease. The World Organization for Animal Health has revealed in a similar statement that there have been no specific cases of either dogs or cats becoming ill with the disease. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should become lax and not worry about your pets during this health crisis. It is never a bad thing to err on the side of caution. The following are some tips that can help you keep your pets safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keeping Your Precious Pets Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic
1. Always wash your hands after touching your pets.
While there is no proof yet that animals can become carriers of the coronavirus, it’s always a good idea to follow basic hygiene protocols especially after direct contact with your pets or their food and supplies. Thus, as you do at other times, you must make it a point to wash your hands after touching your pets. Face licks from your pet might have to be out of the question too.
2. Take all precautions.
Even in the absence of actual reports that companion animals can become sick from the virus, you must still take all the necessary precautions by keeping some distance from your pets if you are sick from COVID-19 or show the symptoms. In such a scenario, you must keep away from your pets so as to avoid infecting them and have another relative or loved one care for them instead. In the event that you live alone and there is no one else to take care of your pet, you must take all the necessary precautions and wear a face mask and gloves for hygiene purposes.
3. Stock up on their supplies.
Along with stocking up on household supplies, you must not forget to do the same with your pet’s essential needs too. Prepare an emergency kit that consists of a month’s worth of your pet’s medications, at least two weeks’ worth of his food, and any other supplies he might need, such as litter. You should also make sure that he is wearing his collar with his up-to-date identification information. His ID tag should include his name, your contact number, and any important medical needs.
4. Invest in a GPS pet tracker.
At a time when we’re all being advised to stay at home, this would be the worst time ever for your pet to wander off as not only would he risk getting lost or hurt, he can also unwittingly expose himself to the virus while he’s away on his own. To keep your precious pet from wandering off, you can set up a GPS pet tracker on his collar. This way, even when he’s not in your direct line of sight, you will always have a way of knowing where he is. You can also recover him quickly in case you notice that’s getting too far from your house. Aside from tracking the location of your pet, a tracking device will also be useful in monitoring his well-being. A pet tracker like Trackidog, for instance, boasts not only real-time location tracking but can also monitor health stats like heart rate, temperature, and the like so you will be alerted if it detects anything abnormal with your pet health-wise.
5. Create an emergency dossier.
Aside from an emergency kit, you would also need to create a pet dossier, wherein you can put all his necessary medical information. A dossier will prove helpful in case you suddenly get separated from your pet and another person will have to take over his care. Include all relevant information such as food preferences, habits, personality quirks, medical conditions, regular medications, behavioral tendencies, and any medical and vaccination records. Don’t forget to include the contact details of his veterinarian.
This is an uncertain time for us all. But we should do everything to cope with the current global crisis that we’re in. While doing all we can for ourselves and our family members, we must not forget about the needs of our precious pets.