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Dog owners warned not to kiss pets over coronavirus risk

Dogs Trust warn pet owners not to kiss animals over coronavirus risk

It’s an extra precaution to keep yourself safe

Sign up to our newsletter for daily updates and breaking newsThank you for subscribingDog owners are being warned to avoid kissing their pets over a potential coronavirus risk. Animal charity Dogs Trust has issued advice to owners as a prevention of spreading the virus. There have been no recorded cases of humans catching COVID-19 from their dogs, however, it is possible for the virus to spread via a dog’s fur or belongings, the charity says. In its advice, the charity recommends avoiding contact with dogs that aren’t your own, as well as avoiding kissing your own pet. With more people now meeting up with friends, there is a higher chance that our dogs will interact with others. Here is the charity’s advice: Wash your hands well with soap and water for 20 seconds after touching your dog or any of their belongings. As hard as it may be, avoid kissing your dog, and letting them kiss you. Ensure your dog does not come into contact with other people or dogs. If your dog is likely to go up to other people or dogs, you may need to keep them on a lead whilst out walking. Don’t be afraid to ask people not to pet your dog. If you’ve tested positive for Coronavirus or have symptoms, limit physical contact with your dog as much as possible, as hard as it may be. If your pet is sick or injured, call your vet ahead of time before going to the surgery. If you do visit friends and family with your dog as part of a social bubble, do remember to wash your hands and avoid visiting if you are unwell. Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director at Dogs Trust said that it is important to follow the advice to keep dogs and their owners safe. She said: “We understand that dog owners may be concerned about the potential effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) on their four-legged friends and whether or not they can contract or transfer the disease. “The main source of infection is human-to-human transmission, and there is no current evidence to suggest your dog poses any significant risk to your health. “Although a dog has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), there are still no confirmed instances of the virus being passed from dogs to people. “However, just like human hands and any other surfaces it is possible for dogs to carry the virus on their fur, their collar and lead.”

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She continued: “To keep ourselves and our pets safe, it is important that we all work together to follow Government guidance and keep our distance from others. “To avoid situations where your dog might approach and greet other people or dogs, this may mean walking your dog on a lead when in areas with other people. “When caring for a dog it is important to remember that basic hygiene is key. This includes washing your hands before and after handling them, as well as avoiding kissing, being licked or sharing food. “If you have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) we would recommend limiting physical contact with your dog as much as possible too – as hard as it may be.”

This Post was originally published on cambridge-news.co.uk

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