Self-isolation: Can you still walk your dog?
The number of Coronavirus cases is on the rise in the UK. So, what does this mean for dog owners and how should we approach pet care if we have to self-isolate?
Published on the 18/03/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 20/03/2020, 15:36
The Coronavirus outbreak has changed what daily life looks like for many of us. As well as working from home, avoiding transport and cancelling trips to the pub, recent government announcements mean that many more are being advised to stay home.
Self-isolation for pet owners who are ill
Those who have symptoms or have been in contact with any affected people are urged to self-isolate for 14 days. So, what does this mean for dog owners? Can we still take Fido for a walk?
In essence, no. Self-isolation means just that. The measures may seem extreme but it's the only way to protect the vulnerable and prevent the spread of the disease.
If you've been diagnosed as positive for Covid-19 then inform your local health authority and check the RSPCA guidelines for keeping pets safe.
How can I keep my dog entertained?
While us humans may just about be able to grasp the severity of the situation, our four-legged pals definitely do not and self-isolation doesn't mean leaving them to their own devices. Here are a few suggestions for being a great pet owner even in the middle of all of this:
1. Take your dog into the garden. Consider putting a lead on your pooch and leading them around the garden. Alternatively, get out there and play fetch. Good for both of you.
2. Schedule extra playtime. Tug of war and fetch are great indoor games that you can play with your pet to keep them busy and active.
3. Ask a neighbour for help. More people are working from home than ever. Consider reaching out and asking neighbours to walk your pooch.
What if the government decides to quarantine everyone?
If the government makes the decision to quarantine everyone in the UK, the first thing to do is to remain calm. People who are not ill will still be allowed to walk their dogs. If such an event does occur, you can follow the below guidelines for health and safety: