News & Updates

26/03/20

COVID 19

What is Coronavirus (Covid 19)?


Coronavirus (COVID-19) this word has been mentioned more in the last few months than Brexit did in three years.  It was first identified in December 2019 in a region of China and quickly spread across the world.  Conoraviruses are not newly discovered illnesses but this strain is the first to have been diagnosed in humans.
Coronaviruses belong to the large Coronaviridae family and are known to affect both animals and humans. Their name corona means crown or halo because when viewed under a microscope this is how they appear.  The virus is in the same family as the common cold but as, yet the experts have not been able to produce a vaccine or cure.   We do know that the virus was originally transmitted from an animal and can be passed from human to human with the symptoms including a fever, cough and trouble breathing. 


Can you still adopt a dog?


The simple answer to this question is yes and we are checking that no additional restrictions have been implemented daily.

In an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus, our rescue centre in Cambridgeshire is strictly by appointment only. Our foster homes shall continue to look after the animals in their care until such time as we are able to arrange transportation to our centre, or the animal is adopted.  We do ask that anyone wishing to meet our dogs takes the required precautions and only two members of a family will be permitted on site.


Self Isolating
There are over 8 million pet dogs in the UK and many of them will be owned by people that fall into the high-risk category, however you cannot catch COVID 19 from your pet dog or cat. 

The Government have asked us to self-isolate but have taken into consideration the need to exercise our dogs.  This does mean that we are expected to stay away from other people, including those we normally walk around the park with or allow our dogs to play with theirs.
If you are self-isolating because you are showing symptoms or have tested positive, it is advised that you do not leave your house and garden. Being a dog owner this request will no doubt cause you alarm being unable to exercise your pet in the usual manner. 
How to keep your dog happy in the home
Having you at home with your dog will mean that they are happier than when left whilst you are at work.

Games and Training
Create games which can be played in the house such as fetch or encouraging the dog to find something such as a treat hidden in a box or container.
You could try your hand at trick training.


Other things to consider
If your dog is on regular medication, ensure that your vet is able to supply it or that you can collect enough to last several weeks.
If you became ill, do you have a close family member who is able to look after your animals
Remember to wash your hands regularly and follow the government guidelines by keeping yourself safe you will keep your dog happy and safe.
Canine Coronavirus
It is important to emphasise that animals including dogs and cats can contract forms of Coronaviridae.  However, none have been proven to have contracted COVID-19. Canine Coronavirus was first diagnosed in 1971 and it is quite unlike COVID-19 as it affects the gut of the dog and causes vomiting, diarrhoea and a reduced appetite.  This virus causes a rather mild illness and there is a vaccine available and it cannot be passed onto humans.