Last Updated: May 4, 2020
Amid the growing concern regarding coronavirus (“COVID-19”) worldwide, it is important to stay informed with up-to-date information from accredited resources on how best to protect yourself and your pets during this crisis. For more information on what we’re doing at Wag! to minimize risk, you can check out our letter to the community at large and stay updated on specifics pertaining to pet parents and pet caregivers.
According to the CDC, there currently is no concrete evidence that companion animals such as dogs and cats are able to spread coronavirus to humans. That said, out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that anyone who is sick should limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Understandably, pet parents have lots of questions about the safety of their pets, so we’ve posted a list of frequently asked questions answered by board-certified veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Racine, that you can check out.
While social distancing, it can be challenging to establish a new routine at home, for you and your furry family members. Check out these activities to keep your dog stimulated indoors. The good news is, there are some key psychological benefits of sheltering in place with your pup to help relieve stress, anxiety, & depression.
Below we have compiled a list of credible organizations and media resources for you to rely on for on-going, trustworthy information to help you navigate this situation.
Check out these Trusted Organizations:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/animals.html
- American Veterinary Medical Association: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19
- ASPCA - Coronavirus: Keeping Your Safe During the COVID-19 Crisis: https://www.aspca.org/news/coronavirus-keeping-your-pets-safe-during-covid-19-crisis
- American Kennel Club: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/can-dogs-get-coronavirus/
- IDEXX - Leading Veterinary Diagnostic Company Sees No COVID-19 Cases in Pets: https://www.idexx.com/en/about-idexx/news/no-covid-19-cases-pets/
- World Organisation for Animal Health: https://www.oie.int/en/scientific-expertise/specific-information-and-recommendations/questions-and-answers-on-2019novel-coronavirus/
Check out these Trusted Media Sources:
- New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/04/science/animals-pets-coronavirus.html
- Associated Press: https://apnews.com/36be06ed75abaaf0d5ced807986ed5d1
- Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-hongkong/quarantined-dog-tests-negative-for-coronavirus-in-hong-kong-idUSKBN210087
- NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/03/27/822591449/coronavirus-faqs-does-it-live-on-clothes-can-my-dog-infect-me-any-advice-on-wipe
- CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/01/do-dogs-need-face-mask-getting-tested-what-to-know-about-covid-19-and-pets.html
Lending a Helping Hand
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented animal sheltering crisis in the United States. Many shelters, already dealing with an increase in intake due to puppy season, are being forced to close their doors to the public. These pressures are leading to fewer adoptions and an increase in families surrendering their pets due to financial hardship or illness. Countless pets with nowhere to go are at risk of euthanasia.
But, with so many people working remotely, self-isolating, or otherwise staying home, there has never been a better time to foster! The GreaterGood launched the #StayHomeAndFoster initiative to help pair shelters and rescue groups around the country with potential foster homes. Wag! has jumped in to lend our support!
To learn more, foster a dog, donate or just share the #StayHomeAndFoster hashtag on your own social accounts, you can visit https://stayhomeandfoster.org/ to support the cause.