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How to Keep Your Furry Pets Healthy / Active With COVID-19

There are many health benefits of owning a pet. They can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship. Most households in the United States have at least one pet. 

During this pandemic, it’s understandable that people are worried about their pets. While COVID-19 may have emerged from an animal source, there is no evidence that animals, including pets in the United States, are a source of the infection or able to infect others, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How should I care for and interact with my pet during the coronavirus pandemic?

People who are not ill with COVID-19 do not have to isolate themselves from their pets, but they should continue to practice good hygiene:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after all interactions with your pets.
  • Ensure your pet is kept well-groomed.
  • Regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding materials and toys.

The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to COVID-19. The virus is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets that transfer when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

If your pet is interacting with you or others, there may be a small possibility that the animal could transfer these droplets on their bodies or collar to additional people.

A regular exercise routine is a must

Commit to setting time aside each day for your pets exercise. It is important to schedule this time as it is too easy to start neglecting it by putting it off. Some pets just naturally have an over-abundance of energy and need to be occupied or can become bored and show negative behaviors. A great diet like that developed by Hills can help because it doesn't include any additives which can make your dog even more hyperactive.

It is important for optimizing dog health to set a challenging routine for these dogs just as any human athlete does. Good dog health that includes sufficient exercise helps with maintaining great overall pet health and normal energy levels.

How can I prepare now for my pet’s well-being in case if I get sick?

  • Find options for pet care in case you do get sick. This may be asking another household member, a neighbor or a friend if they can help.
  • Stock up on a few supplies for your pet, such as an extra bag of food or cat litter, so that you won’t run out in case you do have to isolate yourself at home or someone has to care for your pet elsewhere.
  • Continue to practice good hygiene now.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after all interactions with your pets.
    • Ensure your pet is kept well-groomed.
    • Regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding mater