COVID-19 and Dogs
Posted on 1 June, 2020
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Information sourced from The Kennel Club (link below) and is correct as of 1st June 2020. For further information other than that found below, please click on the following link: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-owners/coronavirus/dog-owners-and-coronavirus-covid-19-faqs/
Guidance for pet owners is available from the government here.
Can dogs catch or transmit coronavirus?
The new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) is currently being passed between humans and there is no evidence that it affects dogs, or can be transmitted between dogs and humans. The World Health Organisation (WHO) have said: 'There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit Covid-19.'
What precautions should I take with my dog?
If you have tested positive for the virus, or have symptoms, limit physical contact with your dog – as hard as it may be. Otherwise, if you are feeling well but staying at home and away from others, take extra hygiene precautions; try to avoid your dog licking your face, bath your dog often and regularly wash your hands with soap and water after touching them and preparing their food.
Can someone walk my dog for me if I can't – for example if I am self-isolating or if I’m a key worker?
The government measures set out that you can ask a friend or relative to take your dog out for you if you are self-isolating, vulnerable or elderly, but let them know in advance if you are self-isolating and follow government guidelines and social distancing measures when handing over your dog. Always wash your hands before and after handling your dog and ask whoever walks your dog to do so as well. Advice from the Kennel Club and other experts on how specifically to walk someone else’s dog safely during the pandemic can be found here.
Further government guidelines on how to safely help others during the pandemic can be found here.