Dear Pet Parents,
Staying up to date with the Coronavirus on the news is very important right now. This may be scary to read about, this post is to inform you. This to all pet parents because we want you, your pets, and everyone in your life to be happy and healthy.
The basics… What is coronavirus?
According to the CDC, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. Unfortunately, there are still many unknowns at this point.
Can my dog or cat get coronavirus?
As a pet parent, I understand your concerns! While dogs may be at risk to contract certain types of coronaviruses, (ex. The canine respiratory coronavirus), COVID-19 is NOT believed to be a threat to pets.
The World Health Organization stated there have been no reported cases of coronavirus in domestic animals. Of course, it’s still early days, and this could change. Be mindful to keep up with the latest news to monitor for any updates. Of course, if you notice any changes in your pet’s health and/or behavior, take them to your local vet just to be sure.
How Can We Prevent Coronavirus?
Unfortunately, there is no current vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Naturally, the easiest way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure – however, we can’t lock ourselves inside forever! Plus, our furry friends love the outdoors.
As you go about your daily routine, keep these simple reminders with you:
Stay home when you are sick.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Regularly wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Be Proactive About Sanitation.
The virus can live on some surfaces for up to 3 days.
Consider these tips for keeping your home and work environment safe:
Wipe down your desk throughout the day using a cleaning solution with at least 70% alcohol.
Encourage everyone to wash their hands.
Visibly place hand sanitizer, soap and tissues in common areas.
Add a sanitation kit in every room.
Routinely disinfect surfaces people touch, door knobs, keys/cards, TV remotes, light switches and more.
Use disinfectant when washing linens.
While these may be actions you already practice every day, it’s always good to keep in mind and encourage others to do the same!
Business Precautions We are Taking
As your trusted pet sitter and dog walker, please know that we are doing everything we can to keep a safe and healthy environment for YOU, your pets, and our employees.
How we’re keeping our employees healthy…
To keep YOU safe, we’re encouraging our staff members to stay home/work remotely if they’re feeling ill. We’re also mindful of providing items to encourage healthy habits; from hand sanitizer to alcohol wipes, we strive to provide a healthy and happy environment.
In running a pet sitting/dog walking business, we know that our employees need to be super cognizant not to spread germs from house to house.
Our standard protocol is for pet sitters and dog walkers to always wash their hands at the beginning and end of each visit.
If you have any antibacterial products such as wipes or spray, you may leave them in a visible location and we will make sure to wipe all door handles and work surfaces we used during our visit prior to leaving your home.
We are not trying to create panic, but do want to be mindful of the situation. Don’t jump to conclusions, but be ready to take action.
Policy for cancellation of Acts of God
An “Act of God” is a legal term for events outside of human control, such as sudden floods or other natural disasters, for which no one can be held responsible. While illness is an unusual reason for declaring this policy, it certainly isn’t out of bounds.
If you have to cancel last-minute due to COVID-19, we’ll work with you on any account credits/rescheduling. We ask that you please let us know sooner rather than later – and if you believe someone in your home or your pet to be ill, we’d prefer you to cancel any services you have booked.
In the unlikely event you would need to be quarantined as directed by your medical professionals, please design long-term care plan for your pets. Keep your emergency contacts and emergency care plan updated in your client profile so we can work together to meet your pet care needs.
Resources to stay up-to-date
There are plenty of great resources so you can stay up to date as more news comes out regarding COVID-19.
Website for official information:
It’s easy to become overwhelmed with conflicting news reports, blogs, and personal anecdotes – it’s crucial to keep up with the latest official information. If you have any other concerns or you’re looking for more tips and ideas, feel free to reach out to me.
Be safe, wash your hands like a surgeon and stay healthy!