I want to talk to you about what is happening in the world as we speak, the Coronavirus or Covid-19 as the official name states. The small invisible killer that is affecting the whole world.
There are so many stories out there on this virus, some of them true and others as fake as the grass they sell on Amazon. I hope to answer some questions you might have during your time in quarantine.
Can my dog get the Coronavirus? Can my dog infect me? How do I care for my dog when I am under quarantine? We will also look at some very important precautionary measures that you can take as a guardian to ensure your safety, those around you and your home, but first a Story.
Story: Living in Quarantine
Can dogs contract the Coronavirus?
No, dogs cannot contract the Coronavirus, there is one case of a very mild form of the virus where a concerned guardian had their dog tested by a Vet in Asia, but the virus is not contagious to humans or any other animals. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the Coronavirus is spread from human to human, and not animals to human or animals to animals
Guardians get infected by other humans who are in close contact via touching (germs on hands and clothing), nasal- and oral passages, such as saliva and touching one’s face, hugging, rubbing cheeks together, or shaking hands with those of others with unsterilised hands. There is also no evidence to suggest that dogs can get Coronavirus from people who have the virus.
Preparing for Quarantine
It is important to include your pets in your family’s preparedness planning.
I have prepared a CoronaVirus Dog Tool kit below that would enable you to prepare for quarantine.
If you are quarantined, you should make sure you have extra pet food on hand. And you should make your neighbours aware of any feeding, walking, or medications that your pets need in case you can’t make it back home or get hospitalised.
The most important protection of all: Under no circumstances should owners abandon their dogs, cats, or other pets because of COVID-19 fears. Please don’t abandon my brothers and sisters in fear that they might infect you with the Coronavirus they can help you get through the quarantine period.
An Urban Myth
Dogs do not need a face mask to protect themselves against the novel coronavirus. Placing a doggie- mask on the face of a dog can be more traumatising to the dog rather than protecting him. It causes a great deal of anxiety for us to have something interfering with our breathing and barking.
We need to lick our noses- and lips to keep it moist, drink water when we’re thirsty, and want to pant to cool off on hot days. Let’s face it, it gets hot under that mask and we don’t want anything coming between our breathing of fresh air, smelling grass, trees, flowers and smelling other intruders who have marked my space with their odours.
I marked my territory and I want to keep it all to myself, so leave me be and leave the mask off my face.
If you are still concerned or notice a change in your dog, speak to a veterinarian.
Here are the Top 10 Precautions to take when caring with your best friend during the quarantine
Coronavirus Toolkit for Dogs
Just like you, your dog needs some extra special care during quarantine. Besides his food there are other things that he will need during this time, I have compiled a toolkit of the top 5 products that would help you decide what to get.
Be sure to check out the product reviews below and comparisons with other products.