Coronovirus Pet Health Guide

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We all want to provide the very best health for ourselves, our families, and our pets. In these extraordinary circumstances, it is important to keep good health practices top of mind. In an effort to help you, here is practical information to foster the health and well-being of your cats and dogs, now and always.

Important to know

Human Coronaviruses belong to a family of viruses called Coronaviridae. Coronaviruses tend to be species specific. Currently there is limited evidence that companion animals can be infected with the novel coronavirus and no evidence that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection to other animals or to humans.

For the most up to date information on this rapidly evolving situation, please refer to the CDC or WSAVA websites.

Keep them hydrated

Keep clean water available for your pets at all times.

Maintain your pets' nutritional needs

Ensure that each pet receives the nutrition that his or her health needs (this is especially so for pets that have a special veterinary diet). Please ensure you have sufficient quantity on hand and contact your pet nutrition supplier with any questions about product availability.

Keep your pet active

As you and your family spend more time at home, it is important that each pet receives the exercise it needs. Find new ways to play inside – feeding puzzles and indoor toys can help stimulate your pet’s mind and exercise his or her body.

Walk your dog safely

Make sure your dog is sufficiently walked outside, following government’s guidelines. When walking your dog, practice ‘social distancing’ with other people and animals.

Practice good hygiene with your pets

Always practice good hygiene and proper hand washing when handling pets.

Contact your veterinarian as needed

Call your veterinarian if you have any concerns for the health of your pets.

Plan ahead

If you need to be separated from your pet for a period of time, make plans for his or her ongoing safety and care.

Healthy and happy together

Scientific evidence demonstrates that pets can provide tangible health benefits - physical and emotional - to their owners. Pets can help us cope during these times.*

Studies have also shown that animals can act as 'stress buffers'. They often ease the distress associated with anxiety-provoking experiences, and help decrease our perception of physical and emotional pain.**

*Source: World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)
**Source: Waltham Human Animal Interaction Playbook