Veterinarians Phil Heitman of Adobe Veterinary Clinic in Mesa, AZ encourages us to follow the expert guidance relating to our personal wellbeing and that of our companion animals being issued from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Currently, the recommendation to pet owners is to practice good hygiene. Just like your phone, shoes, and purse, pets can pick up germs anywhere they go.
Good pet hygiene practices include:
Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies.
Wipe down your dog’s paws after going outside.
If you have questions about your pet’s health contact your veterinarian.
Also, AVMA recommends those who are ill with the virus limit their contact with animals. They suggest having another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet.
To protect your health and safety at each training session:
* Wear face covers (masks) that cover the nose, mouth, and chin whenever in proximity to clients and other people.
* AM temperature check at least 1 hour before the first dog training session of the day, and inform all clients if the temperature is high.
* Maintain a minimum 6-foot distance from clients and other people at all times.
* Wear gloves when handling any dogs or equipment that belong to clients.
* CANCEL if there has been any exposure to someone with COVID-19.
* Use hand sanitizer before and after all sessions with clients.
* Any shared equipment will be disinfected with CDC standard wipes before departing.
Dog Training clients are asked to adhere to the following protocol to protect their health and safety.
* Wear face covers (masks) that cover the nose, mouth, and chin whenever in proximity to to the trainer.
* Check all participants temperature in the morning and cancel sessions if a fever is detected.
* Maintain a minimum 6-foot distance at all times.
* Inform BNADOG as soon as possible if any member of their household is exhibiting symptoms of, or may have been exposed to, COVID-19.
* Wash hands thoroughly before and after sessions.
* Inform BNADOG as soon as possible if any pet shows signs or symptoms of illness, has been treated by a veterinarian, or is tested for COVID-19.
* Client agrees to hold BNADOG harmless for losses associated with COVID-19.
For more information:
CDC How to Protect Yourself and Others