Justine Abbate

As of March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. As the coronavirus continues to spread at a rapid pace, many are left with questions unanswered. In honor of K9 Veterans Day on March 13, 2020 and Explosive Detection Canine being one of MSA’s most highly reputable services, we value the health of our dogs and pets immensely. The New York State Veterinary Medical Society is an established credible source for COVID-19/Pets news. The NYSVMS provides noteworthy information and a preventative protocol for all pet owners during this global pandemic.

1. The CDC states that COVID-19 spreads through person-to-person contact, and currently in the U.S there are no reports of pets or livestock spreading the coronavirus. There is no evidence that animals will be able to spread the coronavirus to humans in the future.

2. If you or another family member contracts the virus, the CDC recommends restricting contact with animals just like you would humans.

3. Coronaviruses are known as a large family of viruses that come from many species of animals but rarely are found to infect via animal-to-person.

4. All animals entering the U.S at this time, will need to meet the USDA and CDC requirements prior to admittance.

5. Avoid close contact with your pet during this time due to the fact that pets can spread other diseases that can increase susceptibility.

6. Treat your pet as you would a human in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccinate your pets for all other potential diseases and limit contact with your pets if you or someone close has contracted the coronavirus.

From a global standpoint, most industries, companies, and individuals have been impacted by COVID-19. While the number is increasing on daily basis, taking advantage of controllable factors is highly advised. Protect yourself, your pet, and stay up to date on a day-to-day basis with the most trusted sources such as WHO, CDC, NYSVMS, and CSSE at Johns Hopkins University.

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