PDSA highly recommend their advice below concerning walking your dog during the Corona Virus pandemic.
The good news is that current advice from the World Health Organisation and British Veterinary Association is that there’s no evidence that pets can be a source of infection or that they can become sick from COVID-19.
We encourage all pet owners to take sensible precautions and we understand that there have been a very small number of pets across the world that tested positive for Covid-19. We’re also aware of a limited study just released from Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China where a very small number of animals were deliberately exposed to high doses of the virus in an artificial setting. However, there are concerns with the methodology used, so any findings are to be interpreted with caution, and there is still no evidence that animals can transmit the virus to humans.
Obviously this is still a very new and fast-moving situation, and until more is known it’s sensible to take precautions, such as washing your hands thoroughly after stroking, feeding or cleaning up after your pet.
Due to this advice we feel secure enough to let our Walkers start walking our Clients’ dogs again, they are taking the above advice and washing their hands before and after walking the dog and wearing masks if they have to enter a Clients’ home.
Please get in touch if you need your dog walked and we are here for any advice we can offer during this very strange time.