COVID-19: How It Affects Pets

How the Coronavirus Affects Pets

The COVID-19 epidemic has definitively altered the way we live our lives. While you are doing everything you can to protect yourself and your family, you have probably wondered how best to protect your pets from the coronavirus. If you are an Etobicoke resident, worry no more. At Richview Animal Hospital, we know that pets are part of the family, and we will be there to advise you how best to keep them safe.


Can Pets Get Infected with the COVID-19 Virus?

The world has reported a few cases where pets, such as dogs and cats, have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. This is after coming into contact with an infected person. It is, therefore, critical that we protect our pets to prevent them from being infected. To achieve this, always ensure that your pets do not interact with other animals or people outside of your household. For their regular exercise, walk dogs on a leash and maintain at least 2 metre distance from others. Avoid animal parks and crowded public places that may expose your pets to the coronavirus.

According to most veterinarians, it is essential to ensure that your animals have a healthy diet. A healthy diet can boost pets’ immunity levels in case they get exposed to an illness. Ensure that you keep up their routines as similar as possible to avoid stress.   

What You Should Do If You Suspect That Your Pets Have Been Infected with The Coronavirus

It is critical that you consult with a veterinarian if you have any concerns about your pets’ health, or you suspect that they have been infected with the virus. While tests are not being conducted on animals, it has been established that the coronavirus can spread from animals to humans.

Give Us a Call

At Richview Animal Hospital in Etobicoke, we have a live chat option that allows you to interact with our vet professionals about the health of your pets. We have this option available to protect our staff, clients, and pet patients and to minimize the spread of the virus in case your pets are infected.

If you want to know more about protecting your pets from the COVID-19, give our team a call at 416-245-8805. We are here to help you and your pets get through this epidemic and beyond.

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