Until recently, many of us had never heard the term social distancing. Now it has become a part of our everyday vocabulary. As we all try and navigate social distancing, many of us are feeling the effects. Many of us are turning to our pets for comfort and companionship. Pets are an important part of your family life and can help us cope during this difficult time. Here are some of the most popular questions surrounding safe social distancing and your pet.
Subject to any governmental “shelter in place” orders, use discretion when taking your dog for a walk or run. It is important for your dog to get physical activity each day. In line with current CDC guidelines, remember to remain at least 6 feet away from other people when you take your dog out for a run or walk.
Subject to any governmental “shelter in place” orders, use discretion when visiting any crowded area. The AKC suggests if you normally take your dog to a crowded dog park or dog run, consider taking a hiatus from such locations. If your dog must have off-leash time at the park to maintain their sanity and your own, make efforts to visit the park during off-peak hours, when there is less likely to be a large crowd of people there. Instead of taking your dog to the dog park, consider taking your dog on a walk around the neighborhood.
This is an evolving pandemic and further research is still needed regarding the transmission of the virus, Use your own discretion when choosing to bathe or groom your pet. If you have questions, consider speaking to your veterinarian.
Because this is an evolving pandemic and further research is still needed regarding the transmission of the virus, consider limiting your pet’s exposure to you and your exposure to your pet with licks and kisses. After interacting with your pet, practice good hygiene and hand washing.
Because this is an evolving pandemic and further research is still needed regarding the transmission of the virus, consider limiting your pet’s exposure and practicing good hygiene after interacting with your pet.