You, your rodent, 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. We must also consider those around us and our pets at this time. 

Can coronavirus be passed on by rodents? 

Worrying about the ownership and care of small pets during such unprecedent times can feel overwhelming and confusing. Current evidence suggests that humans cannot catch Covid-19 from rodents, and you cannot infect them with it either. The species that are grouped under rodents include: rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, degus and chinchillas. 

Taking care of you and your rodent 

  • Make sure if you have to self-isolate that you have stocked up on enough food and medication if necessary for your rodent. Or check whether you can receive a delivery of supplies.  

  • When your cleaning out your rodent’s pen, run or cage, try to clean outside where you can get plenty of fresh air. Dust from their pet beds might aggravate your symptoms if you’re experiencing any. 

  • Keep in touch with your local veterinary practice and check their website or Facebook page to see their availability in case you need to take your rodent in. 

  • It goes without saying that you should remember to follow good hand hygiene rules and keep washing your hands regularly, especially after handling your rodents.  

  • If you own a large number of rodents, it is wise to have a plan in place with trusted friends or family and make local rescues aware so they are able to know what to do if you need support. This should be especially important if you are grouped as a high-risk individual to the virus. 

Looking for support? 

If you have any concerns about your rodents, or you have any other questions about Covid19 and the health of your small pets, please don’t hesitate to contact us.