During the Coronavirus pandemic, THRIVE Affordable Vet Care remains committed to serve our communities by providing quality vet care to your pets. Below are some tips on how to care for your pet during COVID-19.
Working From Home
As many Americans start to work from home, it can be a challenge to balance work, family and pets. If your furry friend is not used to you being home all day, they may want to spend the day playing while you need to work. Starting the day with a long walk around the neighborhood and a game of fetch during lunch is a great way to tire out your dog, so they remain calm and content while you focus on work.
Be sure to take breaks throughout the day to give your pet attention and help ease the anxiety of being home for long periods of time. This is a benefit to both you and your pet! While giving them extra belly rubs is appropriate, be sure to not give too many treats. Disrupting your pet’s diet with extra snacks while you stay home can backfire, so keep their diet balanced and their day active.
Protecting Your Pet
There is no evidence that pets are at risk of getting infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and there have been no reported cases of pets showing signs of COVID-19. For up to date information related to risk and prevalence to humans and pets, visit the Center for Disease Control website.
If you do have COVID-19, the CDC recommends avoiding contact with your pet, just like you would around other people. Per CDC: “Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.”
In addition, be sure to include your pets in your preparedness plans and have a 2-week supply of food and medication on hand.
Vet Care for Your Pet
THRIVE Affordable Vet Care remains open to serve you and your pet. We have introduced new procedures for the safety of our clinical staff as well as you, our pet owners. These temporary updates include social distancing to reduce human-to-human contact during this time. If your pet is needing vet care, please visit thrv.us/coronavirus to learn more.