Crufts organisers The Kennel Club has released a statement confirming the annual event will still happen from Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 8 as planned.
It also addressed concerns over the spread of coronavirus, responding to reports of a pet Pomeranian dog in Hong Kong infected with the virus. It confirmed it had contacted its international competitors to check they follow official advice regarding travelling from high-risk areas.
All staff, exhibitors and visitors attending Crufts are urged to follow good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene practices at all times.
Protect your canine
Although it may not be fatal, coronavirus can cause nasty gastroenteritis-type symptoms such as diarrhoea and vomiting in pets.
Canine coronavirus is thought to be mostly transmitted orally through droppings and infected food bowls. An easy way to protect your furry friends from picking up the virus is by regularly washing your hands before and after touching them. You should also keep sleeping areas clean and try to stop them coming into contact with animal faeces as much as possible.
If your dog shows symptoms of the virus or has been in contact with someone who has it, it’s best to keep them inside and contact your vet for advice.