We are living in unprecedented times; the Coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis is having an impact on all of us and now more than ever we have to mindful of one another and support each other as best as we can.
The situation is evolving daily and some information can be confusing. Here are some credible websites that can offer you more information about the current situation we are all facing.
- World Health Organisation (WHO)
- Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)
- World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)
- Department of Health
We all need to do our bit to keep our families including our pets safe. Veterinary professionals advise that good hygiene, like any other situation, should be followed when interacting with pets.
If you have not tested positive for COVID-19 and are not self- isolating, you should continue to interact with your pets. Make sure to keep your pets active whether it is taking your dog for a brisk walk or playing with them, letting your cat play with stimulating toys or teaching your bird some new tricks, activities with your pets are great for physical and mental health to both owner and pet.
Should you become sick with COVID-19 and need to self-isolate it would be best to have minimal contact with your pet during isolation, practice good hygiene, avoid cuddling and kissing/allowing licks and prepare a plan to ensure adequate pet food and medication are available. During this time you could ask a friend or relative to look after your pet, if possible.
If you are in quarantine and your pet becomes sick, do not break quarantine. Please ring your vet for advice and to work out how they can see your pet during this time.
This notice form the AVA provides some great information.
During this time we need to take extra precautions to protect our families and pets. Stay safe, healthy and informed.