You can take your dog out in harness or a free run, following social distancing guidelines. If you are unable to exercise your dog, please call us on 0800 781 1444 and we will help put a plan in place to support you.
For the moment, while the government is advising everyone to stay home, volunteers outside of your household will not be able to exercise your dog. You should ask immediate family living in the same household to include dog walking as part of their daily exercise – if they are well and able - whilst observing social distancing guidelines.
If you have nobody available to support your dog’s exercise during this time, please call us on 0800 781 1444 and we can advise on a case by case basis.
The Animal Plant and Health Agency (APHA) has issued advice that confirms there is no evidence of Covid-19 circulating in pets or other animals in the UK, and that there is nothing to suggest animals can transmit the disease to humans.
There is, however, a risk they could carry the virus on their hair for a short time, just as other surfaces or objects can carry the virus from one place to another.
In line with the general advice on Covid-19, you should wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, including before and after touching your dog. There isn't any scientific evidence that washing animals is necessary to control the spread of Covid-19.
We recommend you:
Continue to work with and care for your dog in the normal manner, as far as possible within the current Government guidelines
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water before and after touching your dog. You can use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to
Avoid coughing or sneezing on your dog and avoid your dog licking you, as far as possible
Continue routine cleaning of your dog’s bedding, harness and leads etc. using your normal detergent and disinfectant
Avoid contact between your dog and anyone with Covid-19 symptoms. This also includes the pets of anyone with COVID-19. This may mean you need to be careful where you free run your dog to avoid them coming into contact with other dogs
Contact your local Dog Care and Welfare Advisor or your veterinary surgeon by telephone if you are concerned about the health of your dog
Don't use disinfectants to wipe your dog down, unless directed by Government advice or your veterinary surgeon
If you need to self-isolate but are well enough to care for your dog, please call us on 0800 781 1444. We can advise on what is in the best interest of you and your dog, we will keep in regular contact with you by telephone as your situation changes so we can offer up-to-date advice.
Government guidelines advise that if you have a serious underlying health condition – regardless of age – then you should self-isolate. This means avoiding all social contact. This advice is particularly critical for those in the high-risk category who've been asked to stay at home by the NHS for a period of 12 weeks. If don't have anyone to help exercise your dog during this time, please call us on 0800 781 1444 and we can advise on a case by case basis.
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