So how can you keep you and your pets healthy amid the pandemic?
The CDC said to treat them as you would treat human family members.
Practice social distancing with them, meaning keep them away from people and pets who do not live in your house. Keep cats inside if possible. Walk dogs on a leash keeping the 6-foot spacing and avoid dog parks and public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
If you contract the coronavirus, restrict contact with your pets. Have someone else take care of the pet while you are sick. Avoid contact with the animal. Avoid “petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.” If you have no other help, then wear a face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
Finally, if you are sick, and your pet becomes sick, don’t take your pet to the veterinarian yourself. Give them a call and tell them that you are sick. The vets may have telemedicine options and can figure out the next steps for your pet’s care.
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