Below, we pull together some advice on how you and your dog can cope during self-isolation and lockdown in the UK, due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Protecting you and your dog
1 - There is no evidence that pets can get sick from COVID-19.
2 - Pet fur could carry the virus from one person to another.
3 - Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after you have touched any pets or their belongings.
4 - All non-essential trips to vets should be avoided.
5 - If your pet is ill or injured, and needs urgent treatment, call your vet before heading out to the practice. Wash your hands and remain at least 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.
Practice social distancing
1 - If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must remain at home for 7 days, or 14 days as a household.
2 - If your dog cannot exercise at home, you should ask someone outside of your household to walk your dog for you.
3 - According to the GOV.UK website, if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus, you may leave your house to exercise once a day, and you should combine this with walking your dog.
4 - Minimise the time you spend outside.
5 - Keep you and your dog at least two metres from anyone outside of your household.
6 - Avoid contact with other people's pets.
7 - Try and keep at least 14 days worth of your pets normal supplies, making only essential trips to the pet store.
Walking a dog on behalf of someone not able to
1 - You may leave your house to provide care or help a vulnerable person. This includes walking a dog for someone who is unable to leave their house because they are self-isolating.
2 - Remember to wash your hands before and after handling the dog, and keep at least 2 metres away from other people and animals.
For further advice for people with animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please refer to the governments advice, here.