Companion Animal Behavioural Services

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Keeping Going Through COVID-19

Safe, effective solutions customised for you  

Help is still at hand so that you can to adjust to changing circumstances and keep safe.

During the current Covid-19 restrictions, consultations and training are being undertaken within current government guidelines.

One to one training and behavioural consultations, tailored to your specific needs, are available in your back garden or in the park of your choice.

Book a behavioural consultation to get your life back on track to book a single training session to hone a specific skill or a series of sessions with individual, customised attention and lots of support in between.

Contact me for more details and keep in touch with regular updates and news on my sister site at DogsNet.org

What We Know About Covid-19 and Animals

We are all living through difficult times and dealing, not only with a changing situation, but a new disease. Information is being updated constantly, so it is important to keep up to date with government advice and advice from professional bodies regarding companion animals.

 

 

 

What We Know So Far
The current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human to human transmission. There is no evidence so far that companion animals have spread the disease.

There have been isolated cases of two cats and two dogs testing positive for SARS-COV-2, which appear to have been the result of close contact with infected owners.

A study from the Academy of Sciences in China found that, when various animals were infected with a high level of the SARS-COV-2 virus, dogs did not transmit the disease or show signs of illness, but cats and ferrets did. Mink have also tested positive.

The cases are very rare and companion animals are not generally considered to be at risk or to present a risk to humans.

Keeping Safe During The Pandemic

  • Always follow the latest government advice regarding personal hygiene and isolation. Remember that you can still transmit and spread SARS-COV-2 even if you have no signs or symptoms
  • Keep your dog on a lead or long line in all places where this is required and if you are not confident in your recall
  • Wipe all equipment (collars, leads, long lines etc) with soapy water after each use
  • Wipe your dog down using pet-safe wipes
  • Clean litter trays regularly
  • Minimise physical contact with your pets if you are self-isolating
  • Make arrangements for your animals to be cared for safely if you are in quarantine or in case you may need to be or to go into hospital
  • Try to maintain a routine; cats and dogs need predictability
  • Make arrangements for a competent (preferably qualified and insured) person to walk your dog or employ a qualified trainer to walk and train in case you become ill. Even if you do not need this service now, it is advisable to make enquiries in case you find yourself needing help
  • Remember that dogs and cats need mental stimulation as well as physical exercise
  • If you have more people at home than usual, especially if it involves children, make sure that your animals have free access to a quiet space where they can rest and be left alone.

A COVID-19 Survival Guide is available including help on providing exercise and stimulation for your dog and/or cat and ways to ease your pet into a new routine once restrictions are lifted. The guide comes with telephone and/or e-mail support.

Please contact me for more details.

Keep in touch with regular updates and news on my sister site at DogsNet.org

Keep well and safe.