The recent news that the first dog diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States, a 7-year-old German Shepherd named Buddy, has caused many pup parents across the country to be concerned over the health of their furry friends. However, only a handful of pets have been infected with the virus and it appears the Buddy’s actual cause of death was lymphoma -- something that his owners were unaware that he had until after his passing.
That being said, it’s understandable to want to be as cautious as possible. After all, your pup is your baby and you don’t want anything to happen to them.
While there still needs to be further studies about coronavirus’s effect on our pets’ health, there are a few simple steps to limit the chance of your pooch potentially getting sick. According to the CDC, one of your best bets is to restrict their outside time. When you do go on walks, however, make sure that your furry friend is leashed at all times and stays at least 6 feet away from other dogs. That’s right pups must also comply with social distancing guidelines. It’s also always a good idea to wash your hands before and after petting your pup.
For those who end up becoming ill with COVID-19, consider having a friend or family member pet sit. However, if that is not a feasible option, be sure to always wear a mask and refrain from cuddling or even petting your pooch. We realize that this is much easier said than done, but you’ll be able to give Fido plenty of snuggles once you're better.
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