Humans and animals companions are leaning on each other during these trying times. As cities around the world mandated lockdowns, community quarantines and practice social distancing for almost a month due to the coronavirus threat, pets serve a great support system to their humans.
For animals, however, social distancing is not in their DNA. If you’re there at home, they are probably going to be following you all around the house, practically being all too clingy.
“Animals of course give unconditional love, all they want is food, water, and some cuddles and frankly just having companionship in this very strange situation particularly people who are alone and isolated,” Tracy Elliott, president and CEO of the Anti-Cruelty Society, said.
Though the World Health Organization reported no confirmed cases that pets can get COVID-19, may pet owners are still concerned that their companions can get the virus, too.
“Right now, there is no confirmed cases that your pet can get this and give it back to you. It’s a people, people problem, not a dog to people or cat to people problem,” Dr. Derrick Landini, owner of Heal Veterinary Clinic, told WGNTV.
Landini recommends not to share food with your pets even if you are not sick, because a COVID-19 positive patient do not show any clinical signs.
“So, stop kissing on them. You can hug them and pet them, but kissing on them like all of us do and share food. I’m a veterinarian so I have to practice what I preach,” said Landini.
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