Coronavirus Precautions: How To Walk Your Dog Safely 

Posted by Gresham Animal Hospital on Saturday, August 1, 2020

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When your pet needs veterinary care in Gresham, rely on Gresham Animal Hospital. At Gresham Animal Hospital, we provide knowledgeable and caring medical care for your pets. Our dedication to offering high-quality veterinary services means that each of our patients receives personalized care and individualized recommendations and treatment. Additionally, we aim to send Gresham locals home with the information they need to keep their pets happy and healthy. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions 

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed the daily routines of people across the country. Of course, even if you’re working from home and going out less than usual, there are certain tasks that you can’t simply cease doing, such as walking your pets. After all, your dog needs the stimulation and exercise that a good walk provides. Likely, you’ve wondered how to go about this task without risking spreading the Coronavirus (COVID-19). How can you make sure to maintain social distancing while walking your dog? How can you make this daily task easier and safer? 

Tips To Walking Your Dog Safely During The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 

If You Feel Healthy, Go For The Walk 

As long as you feel healthy and aren’t displaying signs of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), you can go for a walk with your dog. It’s good for the dog, but it can also be good for you. Walks are great for helping with stress, anxiety, and physical health. 

Don’t Make It Social 

It may be tempting, but don’t meet up with friends to walk your dogs together. You should only walk with people of your own household and avoid social contact with those outside it. The more people you meet with, the more chance there is for a spread of disease. 

Wear Your Mask 

Remember to put on your mask or other protective face covering before going out! This protects both yourself and others. 

Don’t Let Your Dog Socialize With Other Dogs 

Your dog needs to social distance, too. If your dog goes to say hi or sniff butts with another dog, prevent them. Contact between your pets is still more contact than is safe for either party. 

Maintain Distance, Pull Off To The Side 

If you’re walking along a path and see someone approaching, pull off to the side to maintain your distance. Don’t depend on the other person to do it first. Stand aside and keep your dog pulled aside as well. 

Leave Your Dog On Their Leash 

When your dog is offleash, you have no way of being able to completely control where they go and what they do. Unless you live in a secluded area with a lot of land, keep your dog on leash. 

Avoid Popular Spaces, Including Dog Parks 

When you’re in popular spaces, you are at risk even if you take every precaution. You won’t be able to maintain social distancing, you’ll likely touch high-touch surfaces others have come into contact with and your dog will be more likely to get too close to other dogs. 

Give Your Dog A Wipe Down After Walks 

There’s no conclusive research on whether or not dogs can get and transmit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the moment, but it is better to be cautious. Use something safe for your pets to wipe them down, such as pet wipes, a damp washcloth, or a human-safe wet wipe. 

Make A Plan For If You Feel Sick 

If you do start to feel sick, you need to quarantine from your family and your pet for a period of time lasting until 72 hours after the symptoms have passed. Have a plan for who can walk your dog. If you have a spouse who’s feeling well, they can take over. Otherwise, consider a neighbor or a dog walking service. If that’s not possible, you need to be wearing a mask and gloves every time you interact with your pet. 

Rely On Gresham Animal Hospital For Top-Notch Veterinary Care 

Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.