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Swiss animal clinic advises owners to social distance their pets

Advice given at a recent media conference by a Swiss pet care company has not gone down well with a British public locked down once again and in need of cuddles.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 17/11/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

There is much to be said for making a sterling effort to mitigate any Covid risk to ourselves and others. But when it comes to mitigating the risk caused by our own pets, the resulting vox pop may not be printable.

The Sun reported last week on advice of Swiss pet care company AniCura to socially distance dogs and cats in order to stem the spread of the virus. According to an AniCura spokesperson, pets should effectively be kept indoors to minimise the risk of transmission.

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Human variant means just that

Despite some scientists’ revealing that owners may inadvertently give Covid to their dog or cat, the general consensus is that Covid-19 is a human variant of the disease, and thus cannot be passed between human and animal.

Animals have always been prone to coronavirus, and species may transmit the disease to species, but the rate of transmission of the animal variant of the illness has never been a cause for concern.

Bad vibe from Brits

Most observers believe AniCura’s instruction to lock away pets blows against the prevailing wind of knowledge. In fact, the company’s homespun edict has riled many Brits, especially those whose only solace at the moment is a walk in the park with their dog.

At the moment, the UK government’s advice is clear on the subject of pets: act normal!