An open letter: COVID-19 and your pets
Dear pet parents,
With coronavirus (COVID-19) at the front of all our minds, I wanted to take a moment to address how the pandemic affects your pets.
Can my pet get COVID-19? There has been a lot of misinformation regarding animals and COVID-19. Some confusion comes from reports that COVID-19 may have emerged from an animal source. In addition, dogs may be at risk for contracting certain types of coronavirus, such as the canine respiratory coronavirus, which is different from COVID-19. Here is what we do know: there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in domestic animals according to the WHO and CDC. At this time COVID-19 is NOT believed to be a threat to pets. We are still learning about the virus, and as a precaution the CDC recommends that infected individuals limit their contact with pets and well as people. As always, if you notice any changes in your pet’s behavior or health consult a veterinarian. What if I need to cancel services? We are working to be as flexible as possible regarding cancellations. Please notify us as soon as possible if there are changes to your travel schedule. Due to the volume of requests, we appreciate your patience as we work to process cancellations. Do not forget about your pets when making emergency preparations! If you need to go into quarantine, make sure you have a long term care plan for your pets, including adequate pet food and supplies. Are you still open? Yes, we are still operating and caring for pets. Our protocol is for sitters to wash their hands before and after each visit, and to not work if they are unwell. If you would like, please leave out antibacterial wipes so your sitter can wipe all door handles and work surfaces we used during our visit prior to leaving your home. Be sure to notify us of the location of supplies. I would also like to thank everyone who has reached out to us with messages of support. We are truly touched by the care and concern our community has shown us. Like many small businesses, we are facing the economic impact of the pandemic. However, our current priority is public safety. For those who have asked how to help, we appreciate if you'd consider leaving a online review and keep us in mind for future services. We will all weather this storm together. We wish good health to you and your family!