by Muriel Lumb, Animal Advocacy
Pets bring vital energy to our homes and lives. Pets communicate many messages about love and connection. Care tenderly for all pets throughout their precious lives. The interspecies dance of love softens and expands the heart.
In this article, we want to reassure companion guardians about any worries they may have about COVID-19 and their friends. To this end, we briefly summarise reliable information on companion animals and COVID-19 transmission. Rather than go into detail here, we’ve given you links to sources who can explain everything much better than us!
We’ve also included a summary of what to do if you need to visit your vet during lockdown and the easing of restrictions.
Finally, our link list of resources is included to help you find out more about the issues that interest you.
The current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human to human transmission. To date, there is no evidence that companion animals play a significant role in spreading the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.
By far, the most useful detailed (and readable!) information I’ve found has been from UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) & the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health):
Here’s the links to all the CDC’s information on Pets & Animals, followed by the Key Points they highlight:
This is one in a series of articles highlighting animal welfare concerns during the crisis.
There is already a host of information online regarding animals, not just our companions, and COVID-19. But very little of it is Ireland specific.
Rather than repeating information needlessly, my intention is to translate some of the international information into an Irish context, and I’ve included links to more detailed information where appropriate. The Series will include:
Although this is an American site, there is currently no Irish equivalent with this amount of information. Most is translatable to Ireland, and much of it will be of use to Irish rescues, so do check it out:
May 15, 2020: The ASPCA is regularly updating resources in this hub to support you and your important work for animals. Read our newest content, including: