Corona-Virus: This should be considered with pets

15 MÄRZ 2020

TOBALIE

On this occasion you can read all important information about the Covid-19 here. The Corona Virus and the associated crisis is, like everything in life, neither good nor bad. Use the “forced” rest to think about your life and your handling of resources etc., see what you really need and want.

It is important not to panic, to be there for each other and to take personal responsibility.

Is the virus dangerous for my pet or can my pet infect me?

No. There is currently no indication from any side that our pets can be infected with it.

Some people confuse the Covid-19 virus with the coronavirus of cats (FIP-Feline Infectious Peritonitis), which is only dangerous for cats and has nothing to do with the current virus. So dogs and cats can also be infected with corona viruses, but with different strains than the current Covid-19.

So you don’t need to be afraid and you don’t have to give your darling to the shelter because of fear! You can therefore neither infect your pet, nor can you be infected by your pet!

How is the virus transmitted?

Primarily via secretions of the respiratory tract (saliva), but also via urine, stool and other body fluids (blood, …).

– Avoid close contact with people

– Stay at home as much as possible

– Sneeze and cough in the crook of your arm

– Wash your hands often

– Pay general attention to hygiene

– New way of greeting: no shaking hands or kisses left/right, instead you can bow, wave, smile or touch your feet for example

Symptoms:

– Cough

– Breathing difficulties/short breath

– Fever

– Pneumonia

For many people the infection passes mildly and asymptomatically (without symptoms). Nevertheless, infected people are carriers and should avoid contact with others.

The incubation period (time from infection to the onset of symptoms) is about 14 days.

The treatment is symptomatic. Hot drinks can also relieve the symptoms, as the virus is not heat-resistant.

Preparing for possible “house arrest”.

Basically, there will be taken care of you, if you are no longer allowed to leave your apartment. Nevertheless, it is certainly useful to have two more food cans in reserve for your pet and to have permanent medication in stock for at least 2 weeks. Arrange with friends, family or pet sitters to look after your pet in case of an emergency.

Quarantine what now?

Have you been tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and are not allowed to leave your home? Avoid contact with people and animals and wash your hands before and after touching your pet to prevent further spread of the virus. However, older or immunocompromised people are also advised not to leave the house. Dogs in particular must of course still go outside the door.

If you are lucky enough to have your own garden, it is much easier, because you are allowed to enter your own property. If you live in an apartment without a garden, some animal welfare associations, private persons, etc. offer walking services. If you have a pet pension or a dog sitter of your confidence, it would make sense to accommodate your darling there.

Pay attention of course particularly to hygiene, fresh air supply and wash bedclothes (also animal blankets) with 60°.

To the vet or rather not?

Most veterinary clinics are still open. Non vital procedures should be postponed if possible. Also vaccination intervals do not have to be kept to the day. If you are not sure if a visit to the vet is necessary, it is best to call in advance. Your vet can advise you on the phone and assess whether a visit to the clinic is advisable.

Only take your pet there yourself if you feel completely healthy and have not been to areas at risk to protect the staff. Otherwise send someone else with your pet. Stay as far away as possible from other pet owners and staff to avoid the risk of spreading the virus and wait outside the door. In the waiting room there is usually little space and you sit close together, talk to the staff where you should wait.

Create an animal profile on TOBALIE to keep track of your pet’s health. This profile can be shared with vets, trainers, sitters, etc. if needed. This way, carers have all the information they need about your pet!

What can I do with my darling at home?

If the physical activities are limited, the head has to be challenged in order to take full advantage of your pet.

– Intelligence toy: Promotes the ability to think and concentrate.

– Tricks: Signals like sit and lay down position are no longer a problem? Then it might be time to teach your furry nose something new. Our animals are very curious and inquisitive, you will be surprised how many tricks they can learn.

– Search games: Search for treats at home. Let’s see how many hiding places can be found in your home?

– Make your own toys: Any roll of toilet paper, old socks or newspaper can be reused as toys. Be careful with small parts, they can be swallowed. Cat-toy or Dog-toys

– Order new toy: species-appropriate online shopping

– Too easy? You can increase the level of difficulty by making it easier for your pet to get food: boxes, chairs or a low couch are good hiding places. Another variation would be to attach the food or toys to a rope or a piece of cloth. Your pet will only get its reward if it pulls on the toy.

Cuddle and enjoy the time together.

There are no limits to your imagination. Whether gymnastic exercises or search games, find out what your darling is particularly enjoying.

Summary

For our pets there is most probably no danger of disease. Nevertheless, you should think about how to take care of and occupy your pet at home. Stay healthy!