COVID-19 and Your Pets

The United States is currently in the middle of a pandemic of unforeseen proportions. The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced millions of United States residents to shelter in place, and stay in their homes for everything but the most essential of tasks. Even as the people of the United States search for a way forward, pet owners are left wondering how they can provide for their furry pals while the outbreak rages on.

For those curious pet owners, here are some tips to keep things rolling along for your dog, cat or fish aquarium in Cass County, IA.

Can our pets get COVID-19?

In short, yes. COVID-19 can spread from people to pets. Cats, in particular, seem particularly susceptible to the virus. In fact, the New York Zoo reported that several of their large cats fell ill with the novel coronavirus in recent months.

That said, there is no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to a fish aquarium in Cass County, IA. There is also no evidence that dogs or cats can transmit the virus to humans.

The especially bright side is that while there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in pets, the apparent threat to their overall health is minimal.

Where did COVID-19 come from?

While the specific information surrounding the origins of the novel coronavirus has been muddled by misinformation—no, the COVID-19 virus did not come from a Chinese lab—the actual origin of the virus is unknown. Though research is still ongoing, scientists believe that COVID-19 likely originated in horseshoe bats, much the same as previous versions of coronaviruses.

Scientists are still working to determine if the virus made the leap to any intermediate hosts before it finally got to humans.

What happens to my pet if I get COVID-19?

If you are unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, then you must do your best to keep your distance from your pet as much as possible. If you happen to share your home with another family member, make sure they take primary care of your pet or pets until the disease has run its course.

If you are the animal’s sole caretaker, you should avoid close contact with them—including snuggling, petting and the rest—as much as possible to limit their chances of getting the virus.

Your ally in tough times

During these challenging times, you can count on Fish Store Pet Center for all the items you need to keep your pet healthy and happy during the COVID-19 outbreak. Whether you’re caring for a reptile or bird or are cultivating a fish aquarium in Cass County, IA, we can help.

Since we opened our doors all the way back in 1988, we have taken great pride in providing all the toys, food and accessories our customers need for their small animals, fish and birds. Our highly-trained staff members are ready and waiting to answer any and all questions you might have—all you have to do is ask. Give us a call today. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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