Until further tests are carried out, there is no current evidence that pets can be infected with the new coronavirus or be carriers of the virus. If your dog isn’t getting out as much as normal – lots of enrichment and food games will keep them busy.
If you are working from home as a precaution try and keep your dog’s routine as similar to normal as possible: work in a room away from your dog for at least part of the day so your dog doesn’t get used to constant company.
After all this is over and you all go back to work full time some dogs may develop separation anxiety/isolation distress as they have been used to having you there all the time.
If you use a dog walker continue to use them, they have keys and don’t need to come into contact with you.
Is it safe to put my dog in kennels?
There is no current evidence that pets or companion animals can be infected with the new coronavirus or be carriers of the virus.
Is it safe to let dog walkers take my dog out in groups?
The coronavirus outbreak is an evolving situation but if the dog walker is healthy and hasn’t been at risk of infection, the risk of spreading Covid-19 is likely to be low, as there is no current evidence that pets or companion animals can be infected with the new coronavirus or that dogs play a role in the spread of human disease.
Can my dog go outside if I am self-isolating?
Yes, they are allowed out of the house – but ask someone else to walk your dog for you while you are self-isolating.
If you have no one to walk your dog, then they can’t go for a walk as you will need to self-quarantine, but they can go out in the garden for toilet breaks and you can keep them entertained within the home with some great games and enrichment ideas.
I don’t have a garden!
The best option is to have a family member or friend look after your dog if you are too poorly to look after your dog or arrange for someone to come and walk your dog for you.
Your dog walker may need a key to your house, and you must not come into direct contact with them while they are picking up your dog for his walks.
How to protect your dog from coronavirus
If you have been tested positive for Covid-19, then ideally, you’ll restrict contact with pets and other animals ie no kissing, cuddling or stroking. Though there is no current evidence that pets can get the virus, the situation is still evolving, so it’s better to be safe.
If you have sole responsibility of your dog with no help, then be sure to wash your hands before and after handling them.