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Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Pet Owners

Back in early March, we reported on the guidance the CDC and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) were providing for veterinarians and pet owners. Since then, medical professionals and scientists have been furiously studying the novel coronavirus and the effects it has on mammals across the globe. You may have heard about the tigers in New York who tested positive for COVID-19, or the pug in North Carolina who contracted the disease from his COVID-positive family. In light of these and other developments, the CDC recently released new guidance for people with pets.

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Pet Owners Don’t Need to Panic about covid-19

Even though some animals have tested positive for the coronavirus, there’s no need to panic. All of the affected animals seem have mild symptoms, and all are recovering well. And there is no evidence that animals can spread the virus to humans. Taking some common sense precautions will likely ensure that your animal stays healthy and happy throughout the pandemic.

Treat your pet like a human

We know many of you out there spoil your pets (and we’re right there with you!). Whether they sleep in your bed, eat from the table, or have jackets and accessories that cost more than yours, pets are often treated like human royalty. Now, medical experts are advising that you keep treating your pets just like your human family members when it comes to the coronavirus. When your family is quarantining, you should keep your pets away from non-family members as well. Specifically, the CDC recommends:

  • Don’t let your pets interact with people or animals outside the household
  • Keep cats indoors if possible
  • Walk dogs on a leash, and maintain 6 feet distances when possible
  • Avoid dog parks and other public places where people and dogs gather in large groups

You can read more about the CDC’s guidance here.

If you get sick with COVID-19, protect your pet

If you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet if possible. Ideally, someone else will care for your pet while you are sick. If you cannot avoid contact, wear a cloth mask and wash your hands frequently, including before and after you interact with your pet. If you need to seek veterinary care while you are sick, do not take your animal into the veterinarian’s office yourself. Call the vet’s office and let them know you are sick; they may be able to schedule a telemedicine visit to avoid contact or make other arrangements.

At ABSC, we’re committed to helping you keep your pet healthy and happy. During trying times when many of us are stuck at home, our pets are sources of humor, companionship, and joy, and for many who live alone, they are a lifeline. If you want to give your pet the very best, remember that all of our organic products are extracted from our proprietary hemp strain and exhaustively tested for purity and consistency. Got questions about how ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ can help your pet? Reach out to our customer care team at care@petpainfree.com!

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What do I need to know about the coronavirus and pets?

Are you watching the spread of the novel coronavirus and the associated illness it causes—COVID-19—with fear and anxiety? As the virus continues to spread globally, many pet owners may be concerned about their animal’s health. Because this version of the coronavirus is new, researchers and medical professionals are racing against the clock to understand how the virus spreads, who is susceptible, and how it might be prevented or cured. We’re not experts in this new threat, but we do have some reliable information from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that we can share.

Can my pet get COVID-19?

As you may have read, a dog in Hong Kong tested “weak positive” for coronavirus in late February. Researchers are still working to understand what that means, and the dog remains in quarantine. At this time, however, there is no current evidence that pets can contract or spread COVID-19. See AVMA’s recent statement on the matter:

We are actively monitoring developments related to animals and the virus. On Thursday, February 27, a dog in Hong Kong tested “weak positive” for coronavirus (the owner tested positive for coronavirus). The dog has since received a second positive result that has been sent to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which is working with Hong Kong health officials on this case. The precise meaning of “weak positive” remains unclear and further evaluation is ongoing. Hong Kong authorities have said the dog shows no clinical signs of illness but remains quarantined. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

At this time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. However, as with any disease, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.

On their webpage devoted to coronavirus/COVID-19 information, AVMA says, “Experts have not expressed concern about transmission to or from animals. Multiple international and domestic health organizations have indicated that pets and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19.”

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Washing your hands frequently will help stop the spread of any viral disease – including the coronavirus and COVID-19.

What precautions should I take to keep my pets safe?

Use Common Sense Health Procedures

AVMA recommends the same common sense practices that you are seeing from the CDC and other reputable sources. Wash your hands frequently, including every time you eat, use the restroom, or return from a public place. If you become ill with respiratory symptoms, isolate yourself in your home until you are 24-hours free of fever. Seek medical help if you have trouble breathing or have other concerns that you might be infected with COVID-19. Avoid caring for your pets if possible during your illness. If you must care for animals while ill, wear an appropriate facemask and wash hands before and after handling the animals. See more from the AVMA’s statement:

“According to the CDC, people who are sick with COVID-19 should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would restrict your contact with other people. When possible, a member of the household other than the individual who is ill should care for any animals in the household. Those infected with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Those who must care for a pet, or who will be around animals while sick, should wear an appropriate facemask and wash hands thoroughly before and after interacting with those animals.”

Be Aware of Potential Drug Shortages

Supply chains have been disrupted across the globe as COVID-19 has shut down production facilities in China and beyond. AVMA reports that there are no known shortages now, but if your pet is dependent on certain medications, it may make sense to restock if possible. Keeping a two-week supply of food and medications on hand is always a good idea for emergency preparedness.

The FDA is maintaining a page to share information about the availability of drugs and medical supplies—you can view it here.

ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ is produced in Colorado, right where the hemp plants are grown. At this time, we don’t see any supply issues related to our products, and we look forward to providing your pet with the same high quality CBD oil they’ve come to reply on without interruption. If anything changes, we’ll let you know right away. Even without any visible supply chain disruptions, it’s always a good idea to heed AVMA’s advice and keep a two-week supply of all your health supplies—human and animal—on hand. Stocking up on ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ for your dogs and cats is never a bad idea!