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Covid-19 & Pet Safety

While there have been some instances of the virus that causes Covid-19 spreading between people and animals, the risk is considered to be very low according to the CDC. There is certainly no cause to remove your pets from your home or to give them up for adoption. In fact, we have seen an increase in pet adoptions during the first wave of Covid-19 in the US. While Covid-19 poses little threat to your furry friends, there are some safety measures you can take when interacting with your pets to keep them and everyone around you safer.
Take Precautions. Wash your hands before and after interacting with your pets. This includes petting, walking, feeding, etc. Be sure to use proper food safety with their food as well as your own. Try to discourage your dogs from licking your face and hands for the foreseeable future. Be sure to keep food bowls, toys, and pet beds clean but be sure to use cleaning products that are safe for your pet. 
Social Distance. Social distancing is important for your pets, too. Right now is a good time to limit your dogs interactions with people and pets that they do not normally interact with. For this reason, it is best to avoid dog parks where you cannot control who your dog is interacting with. Right now, it is best to say no to strangers who ask to pet your dog, for their safety and yours. For cats who like to venture outdoors, right now it is better if they remain inside where you can control who your cat interacts with. 
Quarantine. If you or a member of your house tests positive for Covid-19, make sure you include your pets in your quarantine efforts. Any person who has tested positive should avoid interaction with their pets as much as possible, including keeping them from entering whatever room you have chosen to quarantine in. 
There is new information about Covid-19 coming out every day, and it is important to stay informed and reevaluate due to new information. If you have any questions about the health and safety of your pet, please be sure to contact your veterinarian as they are the most knowledgeable.