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Advice for dog owners on maintaining the welfare of their animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people with dogs
Advice for those walking dogs on behalf of someone not able to

You may also leave your house to provide care or help a vulnerable person. This includes walking a dog for someone who is unable to leave their house because they are self isolating or being shielded. You should remember to wash your hands before and after handling the dog and keep 2 metres away from other people and their dogs, including when handing over the dog to the owner.
Dog Walking
You can leave your house for exercise once a day and dog walking is counted as your exercise, you can walk on your own or with other family members in a group, you should not arrange to meet other people not in your household to join your walk or stand and chat to them on your walk. The dog walk can either start from your house and finish back at the same point, or you can take your dogs in your car to visit a local area (short journey) for exercise, you should walk your dog for their normal walk time and not spend any more time away from your home than needed, you must also not sit on benchs watching the sunset etc and this may result in a fine.

Most dog can manage with one walk a day.
You must practice social distancing and stay 2 meters or 6 feet away from other people and dogs at all times.

Dog Walking for vulnerable people
Most Veterinary Practices are requesting you to avoid entering the practice and telephoning first and see what services they are still offerng.

Many vets are temporarily limiting their services to emergencies and those which are essential to protecting the welfare of pets and preventing unnecessary suffering.

Non urgent or routine appointments like for vaccinations will be rearranged for a few weeks time.
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Please follow the latest Government advice and stay at home, and dog owners should follow our walking advice above.

Following good hygiene practices, such as washing your hands frequently, especially before and after leaving the house for essentials, and handling or feeding pets, also helps to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
Prevent the spread of the virus?
The virus is most commonly passed from person to person through coughing and sneezing. There is evidence that the virus can live on surfaces for some time, depending on the type of material, temperature and other factors. This could include your petís fur, so if you are showing any symptoms itís important to minimise contact with your pet as much as possible.

You should also maintain good hygiene practices, such as regularly washing your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water, especially after handling or feeding your pet. Itís always sensible to avoid letting your pet lick your face.

There is no need to give up or quarantine pets and we would urge owners not to panic. Pets can be a great source of comfort, and a daily dog walk (following the guidelines above) will be a good thing for everyoneís physical and mental health.
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