Unfortunately, we still don’t know the exact source of the outbreak of COVID-19. The researches have shown that pets haven’t played any role in the spread of COVID-19. More studies are required to understand the effects of COVID-19 on pets.
Some studies have shown that the disease spreads from people to pets in some situations. Therefore people who’re tested corona positive should avoid contact with dogs and cats. So, in this article, we’ll discuss how pets are affected by COVID-19?
How COVID-19 Has Affected Pets
COVID-19 has both positive and negative effects on pets. The pandemic has affected pets in terms of behavior and welfare. Moreover, it has changed their routines. Before the pandemic, they lived alone at home, but COVID-19 has forced people to work from home. Some studies have shown that some pets get annoyed by the continuous presence of owners at home.
During COVID-19, there were strict restrictions, and pet owners were worried about the health and well-being of their pets. Moreover, the pandemic has increases stress, anxiety, and behavioral problems in pets.
Due to restrictions, pet owners could not take their pets outside for a walk and exercise. As a result, they suffer from various health problems. The most common issue that most pets face was weight gain.
How to Keep Your Pets Safe during COVID-19?
It’s not clear that the virus spread from animal to people, but some cases have been observed of virus spread from humans to pets. As you make efforts to protect your family members from this virus, you must treat your pets in the same way. Follow these tips and keep your pets safe.
- Don’t allow your pets to interact with people outside their household.
- Keep your dogs and cats inside, and don’t let them roam freely.
- Don’t take your pets to public places like parks and avoid crowded places.
- Mask can be harmful to pets, so don’t put them on their face.
- Don’t use chemical disinfectants, hand peroxide, sanitizers, or other cleaners for bathing your pets.
- If you’re worried about their health, take them to the vet and ask about the best cleaning products for your pets.
- Seek the vet’s help if you have any concerns about the vet’s health.
- If you’re suspected or tested positive, don’t contact with your pets.
- When you’re sick, let any other family member take care of your pets.
- Don’t sleep, snuggle, and share food with your pet.
- Wear a mask and sanitize your hand before and after contact with your pet.
- Practice good pet hygiene and keep your pets clean.
- Children and old-age people have weak immune systems, so they can easily get affected by the virus. Ensure that they don’t contact much with animals.
COVID-19 hasn’t affected animals the same way as it has affected humans. Still, some cases have been reported. By following the above-mentioned tips, you can protect your pets from this virus.