Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, you’ve surely been hearing the news about the coronavirus.

 

While we shouldn’t panic, I do think it’s wise to pay close attention to what’s going on and take every precaution you can to prevent its spread (and, no, that doesn’t include panic buying a year’s worth of TP at the grocery store!). 

 

This virus and situation has many people spooked — from the markets to universities, festivals, airlines, cruise ships, and conferences — lots of people are closing up shop out of an abundance of caution until the situation is under control. 

 

People in our area should take particular care because the virus seems to be most serious for elderly people and those who already have underlying conditions.

 

But there is one silver lining for you, my dear pet owner. Despite internet rumors, so far there is no indication that the virus is spreading to dogs or that dogs can transmit it to other canines or to humans. 

 

That being said, there are still a few extra precautions you should take to safeguard yourself and your little best friend. 

 

1) Wash your hands. 

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it 1000 times, but washyourhandswashyourhandswashyourhands.

 

This includes after petting your dog or another dog, after walking your dog, or after picking up after your dog. 

 

While there is no danger of the coronavirus spreading through animal contact, dogs can carry other germs like E. Coli or salmonella that it’s important to protect yourself against during a time when hospitals and urgent care centers are already stretched thin.

 

2) DO stock up on these items. 

The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends keeping a 2 week supply of food and your pet’s medicine around in case of emergencies. 

 

One easy way to stay stocked up on pet essentials is with a delivery service. This provides the added benefit of avoiding crowded places, which is especially important for the already immunocompromised. 

 

Ollie is a pet food delivery service that I’ve recommended before. You custom create meals specifically tailored for your dog’s weight, health, age, and breed and then those meals are delivered right to your door. 

 

Not only that, but all their food is sourced from small, family-run farms and feature no by-products. Given how much of our meat is actually sent out to China for processing (in fact, there have been more than 1000 dogs since 2007 that have died from pet food that was processed in China), it’s reassuring to know that Ollie’s ingredients are locally sourced.

 

I highly recommend checking them out at the link below:

 

Human-grade dog food delivered straight to your door — CLICK HERE

 

3) DON’T stock up on these items. 

Currently, the biggest concern of veterinarians isn’t the possibility of your dog catching this disease, it’s the panic surrounding it that’s causing people to panic-buy important medical equipment like masks, sanitizers, and latex gloves. 

 

Doctors and veterinarians alike emphasize that if you are not at risk, there is no need to stock up on these supplies that are needed more urgently by other people. 

 

The important takeaway in all of this is to be vigilant and take precautions but not to panic. As the weather warms up, the virus will fade away and health officials will have more time to prepare for its comeback next flu season. 

 

Stay safe and be well, my friends!

 

Wag more, 

 

Ann Heathman

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