You, your dog, and Covid-19

As the world is affected by the Coronavirus, fears for our personal safety are in the forefront of our minds.

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As the world is affected by the Coronavirus, fears for our personal safety are in the forefront of our minds.

Whilst over 80% of those that become infected will recover quickly, there are a number of people who are classed as vulnerable and therefore are at much higher risk of a more serious outcome.

There are over 8 million pet dogs in the UK and many of them will be owned by people that fall into the high risk category.

Current evidence suggests that humans cannot catch Covid-19 from your dog (or cat), and you cannot infect them with it either.

Those people who are self-isolating as a precaution (for example, working from home) or by means of protecting themselves from infection can still walk their dogs. Obviously you need to keep away from other people, but some fresh air out in the countryside can help offset the effects of being alone indoors.

If you are self-isolating because you are showing symptoms or have tested positive, it is advised that you do not leave your house and garden. Whilst this might cause concern for dog owners owing to the inability to take their dogs for a walk, please don’t worry. There are lots of things you can do to keep your dog mentally stimulated.

How to keep your dog happy in the home

Dogs love company, and will be delighted that they are they have your companionship for longer than usual during a time when the nation is largely working at home and self-isolating. This means they're already happier than when they were being left home alone for short periods before. 

Games and training

  • Playing retrieve games in the house and/or garden will also help keep a lot of dogs happy.

  • Trick training is great fun too!  There are lots of tutorials online to guide you through the training.  We recommend the YouTube channel Kikopup if you are looking for a few ideas.

  • Scent games are also loved by lots of dogs. Just hide your dogs favourite toy or treats somewhere in the house or garden, and then encourage them to find it.

  • Enrichment feeding is an excellent way of occupying your dogs time, and challenging their brain. Find out more about enrichment feeding here.

Other things to consider

  • If you are able to get a shopping trip in before self-isolation, buying a little extra food for your pet than you normally would buy is a good idea, so that you’re able to feed them for the duration of your time indoors. Also, be sure to check that you have enough medication at home if your dog is on regular treatment.

  • It might also be worth seeing if a family member or close friend is in a position to look after your dog for you should you suffer from more serious symptoms.

Remember to follow good hygiene rules and wash your hands regularly.

The companionship that our pets give us during our times of need is immeasurable; they have no idea what’s going on in the big wide world because their world revolves around their owners.  Keep yourself safe and they’ll stay safe too.

Looking for more advice?

If you are still concerned about your dog (or any other pet) during this time, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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