Today, one of the largest UK pet charities is hoping to dispel some misconceptions surrounding the coronavirus and pet care. Whether there will be a spike in pet abandonment is uncertain, but Blue Cross still hope to cast out any misapprehensions that pets can pass the coronavirus on to their owners.
As misinformation does the rounds, perplexing pet owners, who are struggling to separate truth from what they read online. Reports from Italy, where the number of coronavirus cases is highest, suggest animals have been ditched over fears they can catch and pass on the deadly disease.
As more of us start to practice social distancing and spending time in self-isolation, Blue Cross believe it could be an advantageous time for our furry friends. Not only are they offering advice on keeping our pets safe, but also keeping them stimulated; encouraging us to spend more time bonding with our pet, interacting, engaging with games and getting creative in how to provide exercise if access to the outdoors is restricted. In the long term, this will help contribute to both an enhanced physical and mental wellbeing, for the both of us.
Aston spoke to Kerry Taylor, education manager at Blue Cross to advise pet owners on the pet course of action during the coronavirus outbreak and why now could be the perfect time to bond with your beloved four legged friends.