As a pet owner, you owe it to yourself and your pup to keep as healthy as possible. Your fur child relies on you for all of their day-to-day needs. Being at your absolute 100% best is crucial in these times for your pup, but also for yourself!
The Two Positive COVID-19 Canine Cases
Throughout the COVID-19 global outbreak, there have been 2 confirmed cases. The first case was a Pomeranian residing in Hong Kong, who tested “weak positive.” What does that mean? Well, the dog tested positive for the virus but was showing no symptoms.
The second COVID-19 canine case appeared in a German Shepherd, also in Hong Kong. The dog’s owner has been diagnosed with Coronavirus and tests were done on two dogs also living in the home. The German Shepherd tested positive, while the other dog tested negative. The German Shepherd was also showing no symptoms.
Although it seems like COVID-19 cases in pups are appearing to be extremely rare, tests are still being done and new information is constantly coming out - so stay up-to-date by visiting the CDC’s website.
Top Three Questions Dog Parents Are Asking, Answered:
To get more answers, we sat down with one of our vet friends, Dr. Sara Ochoa, DMV, to sort through the facts for all of our fuR-iends!
Are there ways to protect my dog right now?
Dr. Ochoa: If you are infected, let someone else take care of your dog. If you are single and there is no one to take care of your dog, limit your interaction with your pet.
What precautions should be taken for dogs that have recently been imported from high-risk areas?
Dr. Ochoa: If you recently imported a dog from a high-risk area, keep your dog away from other people for at least 14 days. While vets find it rare that the virus can live on dogs, there has not been enough time or studies to prove that you shouldn’t take precautionary measures.
Is it safe to walk my dog outside during a confinement period?
Dr. Ochoa: It is fine to walk your dog outside. If you see someone coming toward you also walking, cross to the other side of the street to help maintain your distance from other people.
Thank you, Dr. Ochoa, for taking the time to answer all of these common questions that many pet parents have been questioning. We all appreciate your time and expertise!
Keeping Your Dog Happy & Healthy During Quarantine
Although currently, research shows that it is rare for pets to contract the virus, being in quarantine poses different challenges for pet parents as many are being forced to work remotely and both them and their pup are spending more time indoors. Keep reading for some of our tips to keep your dog active while being stuck inside!
- Walks. Continue to take walks as part of your daily routine. Walks will help you and your pup get out of the house for a bit and enjoy some fresh air. As Dr. Ochoa suggested, if someone else is walking, maintain your distance from them.
- Teach them a new trick. Keep your pup's mind engaged by teaching them something new! Roll-over, fetch, speak. Whatever it may be, keeping your dog busy can do wonders for their attention and possible boredom indoors.
- Kongs. Put little treats into your dog’s Kong! Peanut butter, small training treats, and brown rice are just a few delicious options you can put in the Kong to keep your pup busy.
- Bath time. Just because your dog can’t go to the groomer right now, doesn’t mean they can’t have an indoor spa day! Plus it will help your dog stay clean during this time. Consider calling your groomer to see if they pick-up or can do in-house grooming.
- Treat them. Our Bonne et Filou macarons are available for purchase online right from your phone and laptop! Every royal pup deserves to be treated with the stylish and delicious luxury macaron treats. Just visit our website to order online now! You can also find our products at our amazing authorized retailers, and shop locally to help small businesses. Check where Bonne et Filou is on our Store Locator.
What Precautionary Measures Can You Take For Yourself?
According to The Red Cross, there are steps you can take to avoid spreading germs during this time. Here are some tips to stay healthy:
- Practice social distancing
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Get enough sleep
- Take vitamins
- Disinfect surfaces that are touched often
- Avoid touching your face if you haven’t washed your hands
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