A warning has been issued about cuddling your pets during the pandemic.
For most people, their pets are the ultimate source of comfort. There’s no problem that can’t be solved by seeing your adorable four-legged friend, tail wagging and headed straight for you.
At the moment, in particular, we’re living in extremely scary and difficult times. An expert has warned, however, that puppy cuddles aren’t actually the best thing for us at the moment.
President of the British Veterinary Association Daniella Dos Santos appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss the recent news that a cat has tested positive to COVID-19.
Dos Santos insisted that this is not a time for pet owners to panic, but to practice good hygiene and stay vigilant. There is currently no evidence to suggest humans can contract the deadly virus from their pets but, as the cat contracted the disease, it’s possible for animals to contract it from their owners.
She explains “This really isn’t a cause for alarm, we don’t want anyone to panic… So it’s the same advice that we have been giving throughout the pandemic which is hygiene, make sure you are practising good hygiene.”
President of the British Veterinary Association Daniella Dos Santos spoke on Good Morning Britain (via ITV)
She says “Hand washing, catching your coughs and sneezes into tissues and discarding them immediately.”
Dos Santos also suggested we try and keep our distance from our pets during this time. If your dog or cat is generally quite affectionate with you, she suggests avoiding any cuddles at this time.
She says “Also trying to minimise contact with your pets as much as possible, so of course you still need to feed your pets, wash your hands before and after. But if you have a particularly affectionate cat or dog that likes to snuggle up to you, maybe reconsider because it is all about that close contact.”
Earlier this week, a pet cat in the UK was diagnosed with COVID-19, having contracted the deadly virus from its owners.
The UK’s chief veterinary officer, Prof Christine Middlemiss, said “This is a very rare event with infected animals detected to date only showing mild clinical signs and recovering within in a few days. There is no evidence to suggest that pets directly transmit the virus to humans. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will update our guidance to pet owners should the situation change.”
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