Social distancing has become a normal practice for society as a result of the recent COVID-19 outbreak. According to the CDC, the term “social distancing” or “physical distancing” means to keep space between yourself and other people outside of your home. Keeping space between yourself and others is one of the best things you can do to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
Proper social distancing practices include:
- Staying at least six feet away from others
- Not gathering in large groups
- Avoiding crowded public spaces
It can be difficult to practice social distancing with an active pet. Pet owners should avoid dog parks, busy trails, and other high traffic areas when exercising their pet in public. Quiet neighborhoods and less popular trails can give you the opportunity to get outside for a long walk with your dog. The fresh air and exercise will also help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety that you may be feeling during this difficult time.
For pet owners with multiple animals, there is no need to socially distance your pets from one another. There is currently no evidence that pets can spread the virus to other animals. However, if you become ill with COVID-19, it is recommended that you restrict contact with your pets as a precaution until more information is know about the virus.
It is possible your pet may need veterinary care during this time. Many veterinary clinics are adjusting their policies to adhere to public safety guidelines related to COVID-19. If your pet needs veterinary care, call your vet first to determine how to proceed.
For more information on how to properly practice social distancing with your pet, please visit the VCA website.