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Reducing the risk for dog owners

Many diseases can be spread direct from dog to dog (e.g. so-called “kennel cough”) so it is important to practice ‘social distancing’ for your dog:

  • Avoid close contact between your dog & other dogs
  • Keep your dog on a short lead when other dogs are about to avoid contact
  • Avoid walking dogs in areas and at times where there are a lot of other dogs
  • Avoid your dog drinking from common water bowls & sharing toys with other dogs
  • Avoid petting other people’s dogs and cats during this time

Some diseases (e.g. leptospirosis or parvovirosis) can be picked up from wildlife or the environment so avoid exercising pets in high risk areas and prevent high risk activities:

  • Avoid your dog accessing ditches, ponds, lakes & rivers or drinking from any of these water sources or puddles
  • Avoid your dog coming into contact with wildlife (especially rodents) or scavenging
  • Avoid free access to or exercising your dog in farmyards, in the vicinity of stables, poultry flocks or anywhere else where rodents are likely to be present in increased numbers
  • Avoid allowing your dog access to sniff at other dog’s faeces
  • Pick up your dog’s faeces whilst on a walk and dispose hygienically

Some diseases are spread by external parasites e.g. Babesiosis or Lyme disease (ticks), so reducing the risk of your dog being bitten by these insects is important if you are in a risk area:

  • Avoid exercising your dog in tick habitats such as areas of forestry and parkland where there are abundant deer and/or use veterinary recommended parasite control that is effective against both fleas and ticks.
  • It is important to keep up your pet’s worm control based on their lifestyle and risk factors
  • Note that vets are now permitted to prescribe these preventative parasite control products remotely

If you have any concerns regarding your dog’s health, please ring your veterinary practice. They will provide you with advice and guidance on how to manage concerns during this time.