Recently, news broke that several animals, such as a tiger named Nadia in the United States, a dog in Hong Kong, and a cat in Belgium, were also exposed to Covid-19. These animals are suspected of being infected with the corona because they often interact with humans. This certainly makes animal owners worry that their pets will be exposed to the corona virus. And as a result, many animal owners finally decide to give up their pets.
However, you don’t need to worry too much, huh. Because at this time, the transmission of the corona virus from animals to humans or vice versa, and also between animals and animals has not been scientifically proven. Even so, it’s a good idea to keep your pets clean or healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here are 5 tips that you can apply.
The first thing you should do is maintain interaction with pets during the corona pandemic. The Covid-19 case that occurs in pets is thought to be due to the intense interaction of the owner who is suspected of being positive for Covid-19. So, if there is a suspicion that the owner has been exposed to Covid-19, you should avoid interacting with their pets. Leave an animal or ask someone else to look after it and raise it for a while.
Even though the owner is in good health, interactions should still be limited, because the transmission of Covid-19 between humans and animals is still uncertain. And owners must maintain their immune system, by adopting a healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate rest, and consumption of a complete mulvitamin.
Give Enough Food and Drink
For pets that lick like dogs, it’s best to avoid touching the area around the mouth, nose, or areas where animal feces are. Always wash your hands with running water and soap before and after feeding your pet. And pet owners are also advised to wear a mask if the pet shows flu or cough symptoms.
Consultation to a Veterinarian
If the animal starts showing symptoms of illness, such as lack of appetite, reduced drinking, weakness or lethargy. So it’s good to immediately consult a veterinarian or go to the clinic.
Avoid releasing pets If there is an allegation that an animal owner or family member has been exposed to Covid-19, it is better if the pets in the house remain in the cage or not allowed to roam around. This is of course to prevent potential transmission to pets. In essence, avoid overdoing it and as much as possible take care of these animals properly.