Woman walking her dog in bushland

Pets can provide great companionship during difficult times.

29 April 2020

If you’re a pet owner, you’ve probably already experienced some changes to your usual routine during the current COVID-19 situation.

It’s important to remember that while things aren’t the same as they once were, you can still find ways to ensure your pets receive the best possible care.

For example, dog parks are currently closed, but you can still exercise your pets outside.

If you take your dog for a walk make sure to keep at least 1.5m away from other people.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that people don’t pat your dog, to help maintain physical distancing.

As always, make sure to wash your hands before and after you head out.

You can also come up with some fun indoor games to play with your pets, such as hide and seek using tasty treats or constructing an obstacle course.

While we are being asked to stay home as much as possible you should consider having two weeks’ worth of supplies for each pet to ensure you don’t have to make extra trips to the shops.

Along with maintaining good hygiene at home, make sure your pets are also keeping clean. Wash them, even if it’s just wiping, and ensure you clean their bowls, toys, and bedding regularly.

There is currently no evidence of humans contracting COVID-19 from pets. There is also no evidence that companion animals play a role in the spread of the virus.

For some other great tips for caring for your pets during COVID-19 visit RSPCA Australia.

Meanwhile, dogs at the Domestic Animal Services shelter in Symonston are continuing to be looked after while shelter is closed to the public.

To collect an impounded dog or rehome a dog you’ve seen on the shelter’s website please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 for an appointment.

Rangers continue to respond to call outs during this time.

All Canberra

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