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Keeping Your Pets Safe 

How to reduce the risk of common health issues during the Covid-19 outbreak

Our aim is to provide you with tips on how to keep your animals happy and safe despite the disruption to your daily lives caused by the outbreak. We will also give you some suggestions on how to prevent common emergencies that we see here at the practice, to reduce the risk of you needing to bring your pet in to be seen.

If you have any concerns about your pet you can contact us at any time on 01656 652751. We may recommend you book a telephone consultation with a vet to determine whether we can treat your pet remotely or whether you definitely need to bring them in to the practice.

General advice:

While there is no evidence that pets can become infected with Covid-19, they can potentially carry the virus on their fur if they come into contact with an infected person, so we would advise avoiding contact with other people’s pets as much as possible. Make sure you wash your hands before and after feeding/playing with your pet and avoid kissing, licking or sharing food with them.

Only feed your pet their regular food, no treats or titbits, to reduce the risk of tummy upsets. We would also advise against giving dogs either cooked or raw bones.

If you have children at home doing craft projects or if you are doing DIY projects or baking to keep you busy during this period, be aware that some of the products you are using can be dangerous for your pets so make sure to keep them out of reach. Specific examples include:

  • Craft materials including string / yarn, magnets, kinetic sand, glue and salt dough
  • Foods such as chocolate, raisins or grapes, uncooked yeasted dough, mouldy foods, foods containing the sweetener xylitol (chewing gums, some brands of peanut butter)

If you are worried your animal may have eaten something toxic you can either get in touch with us or call the Animal PoisonLine for advice first (https://www.animalpoisonline.co.uk/ - 01202509000, call charges apply).

Do not self-medicate your pet. Common medications such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can be very harmful to your pet.

We would strongly advise against breeding any animal during this outbreak.


Dogs:

 

Walk your dog on a lead at all times to reduce the risk of scavenging and traumatic injuries (such as dog bites or cuts from barbed wire). Not to mention now is not the best time to have your dog go missing! Try to avoid letting them come into contact with other members of the public.

If you have several people living in one household, try to plan the dog walks so that each person only leaves the house once a day. If you live alone then try to make use of a garden or courtyard if you have one, so that you do not take the dog out in public more than once a day if possible.

Increase the amount of playtime or training you do in the house to make up for the potentially reduced amount of exercise your dogs might be doing. Remember that for puppies under 1 year old and old dogs, high-impact repetitive exercise can cause issues with the joints or bones so in these cases it is better to avoid lots of jumping or running at high speeds after toys, especially on slippery floors.


Cats:

If your cat is prone to anxiety (overgrooming, stress cystitis) and you are in the house more often than normal, this can be stressful for them. Try to stick to a routine, make sure there is a hiding place available for them to go to if they want some space away from people and teach your children to leave them alone if they go there. Calming pheromone products such as Feliway may help reduce their anxiety.

You may be considering whether to keep your cat indoors or whether to allow them go outside. If you have an unvaccinated kitten or if your cat has not yet been neutered, we would advise to keep them indoors. If your cat is spayed or castrated, vaccinated and used to roaming outside then suddenly preventing them from leaving the house could cause them to become stressed, particularly if the household is busier than normal. This can lead to health issues such as stress cystitis or overgrooming, as discussed above.

Remember that certain indoor plants can be toxic to cats – particularly lilies.

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