Have you ever asked yourself, “How is my pet doing in the pandemic?” This is a question many people may or may not have considered. According to CNBC news affiliate, “A new survey from TD Ameritrade finds that 33% of Americans have considered fostering or adopting a furry friend now that social distancing is the norm.” If even a third of those folks adopted animals during the pandemic, that would mean 50 million households have adopted new pets over the past nine months. There are many things that people should consider when they adopt a pet: one, is the time it takes to care for a pet, and the other major consideration is the cost of caring for a new pet.
The pandemic has put all of our lives ‘on hold’; it has not just affected people’s lives but the lives of our pets as well. Pets may not be able to get as much food because their owners don’t have the money to feed them. They might not go on daily walks because the area where they live requires people to stay at home. Everyone’s lives have changed over the past nine months, and people have not been able to get as much exercise because they have been staying home. Pets may be affected by their owners being laid off; many people are struggling to pay their rent and feed their families. Some pets have been relinquished to shelters because their owners can no longer take care of them
If you are sick with COVID-19 and your pet becomes sick, do not take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself. Call your veterinarian and let them know you have been sick with COVID-19. Some veterinarians may offer telemedicine consultations or other plans for seeing sick pets. Your veterinarian can evaluate your pet and determine the next steps for your pet’s treatment and care. So care for your pets and be safe.
Chronology and Epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2, is the virus which causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. The first human cases of COVID-19 were identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. At this stage it is not possible to determine precisely how humans in China were initially infected with SARS-CoV-2. Furthermore, some developments may become known or fully understood only in retrospect. The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020, and a pandemic on March 11, 2020.