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Adopting a Pet During COVID-19? 13 Things to Do First
Pet adoptions are surging during the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s no wonder why: As families stay home to practice social distancing, many are realizing now is the perfect time to add a pet to the household.
But while the pandemic is temporary, a new pet is a long-term commitment. If you’re considering adopting a pet right now, here’s what you need to do first.
1. Ask yourself these eight questions before adopting a pet. 2. Get help choosing the right pet for your family’s lifestyle. 3. Understand the ins and outs of adopting a shelter pet. 4. Make a checklist of all the supplies you’ll need for your new pet. 5. Get essential training tips for first-time dog owners. 6. Learn the basics of grooming your new pet. 7. Buy a vacuum cleaner that can keep up with pet hair. 8. Find out how to deal with pesky house accidents and eliminate odor. 9. Make your backyard dog-friendly (and cat-friendly too!) 10. Decide if you’ll hire a dog walker. 11. Learn what to look for in a veterinarian. 12. Read up on the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet. 13. Understand how to keep your pet healthy for life.
Even if you decide now isn’t the right time to adopt, there’s still a way you can help pets and find companionship: fostering! Fostering saves lives and helps animal shelters during this difficult time. It’s also a great way to test out pet ownership to see if adding a four-legged family member is right for you! Reach out to your local animal shelter to find out what they’re
Here’s what AVMA President Dr. John Howe says about people getting COVID from any domestic animal.
By Serena Gordon
TUESDAY, May 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Nadia, a tiger at New York City’s Bronx Zoo, tested positive for the coronavirus. A few pet cats in the United States (and maybe one dog) have, too.
And since the novel coronavirus causing the current pandemic is thought to have originated at a live animal market in China, some people have wondered if they need to worry about their own pets.
The good news is that any risk to humans from Fluffy or Fido is very low, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bad news? Humans with COVID-19 infections could pose a slight risk to certain animals, such as cats or ferrets., but not dogs
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“There have really only been a handful of known domestic animal infections in the entire world,” said Dr. John Howe, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
“There are reports of a few cats in China and two dogs tested positive there, too,” Howe said. Several cats in the United States have also been diagnosed with the virus. Howe added that the animals all had minor symptoms.
And in one case — the first reported infection in a dog in the United States — Howe said he’s not convinced the dog even had any symptoms.
“It’s doubtful the dog [a pug] — was even ill. Pugs have upper respiratory problems anyway. It’s very easy for the test to pick up the presence of the virus in a dog’s mouth, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the dog was infected. The dog could have licked up the virus from any of the people in the household,” Howe explained.
Winston, the pug, was living with a family of four in North Carolina. One family member admitted that the pug was allowed to lick from the family’s plates. In a study at Duke University, three family members and Winston tested positive, according to news reports.
“A daughter, another dog and a cat didn’t test positive,” Howe said.
Not all animals are safe from COVID-19, however. Besides 4-year-old Nadia, four tigers and three lions at the Bronx Zoo reportedly contracted COVID. But leopards, cheetahs and cougars don’t seem to be susceptible, Howe said.
He said there was a report that Dutch workers on a mink farm transmitted the infection to the animals. And, Howe said, ferrets seem susceptible to the infection.
“There has been no evidence yet of people getting COVID from any domestic animal. Coronavirus is no reason to abandon your pets,” Howe said.
While it may be a relief to learn your pooch or feline probably can’t get you sick, there are still precautions you should take, particularly if you have a COVID-19 infection.
If you feel OK and take your dog out for a stroll, it’s important to practice social distancing guidelines, the CDC says. Keep your dog 6 feet from other people and animals. Try to keep your dog from interacting with other people or animals.
Howe said now is definitely not the time to walk your dog using a long, expandable leash. He and the CDC said dog parks are out for now, too.
The CDC says it’s ideal to keep cats indoors to prevent them from interacting with other people or animals.
What if someone pets your dog or cat?
Howe said pet hair tends to be porous and would likely trap virus particles. That means even if someone had virus particles on their hand when they touched your pet, you probably wouldn’t catch the virus by petting your animal, too.
Still, it’s a good idea to wipe the area with soap and water, or bathe your pet, if possible, Howe said. But never use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on your pets, because they might lick it off, Howe said.
If you get sick with COVID-19, have another member of your household take over the pet care, if possible, the CDC says. Try to avoid contact with your pet as much as you can. This means no petting, snuggles, licks or sharing food or bedding with your furry pal while you’re sick.
“Just like you would with a child, try to have someone else take care of your pet, but if you have to, make sure you wear a mask around your pet,” Howe said.
The CDC also recommends washing your hands before and after interacting with your pet.
If you’ve been sick and then your pet seems ill, call your vet for advice.
SOURCE: John Howe, D.V.M., president, American Veterinary Medical Association
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By Nicole Villalpando
Posted Jun 12, 2020 at 5:29 PM
Just like with humans, the advertising to use CBD oil for pets is everywhere. But how do you know how much to give, or if it even works?
Respected pet brands have been doing a lot of studies and research to see what the safe dosing levels should be and whether it actually works.
Dr. Stacy Mozisek of Firehouse Animal Health Center has been recommending CBD treats and oils for dogs and cats with mobility issues or anxiety.
For her, CBD products have been more effective for dogs with arthritis than the traditional joint supplements that have glucosamine as a beginning treatment before using a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or a prescription medication. Omega fatty acids also can be a good first step.
She likes to get bloodwork done on a dog or cat before starting a CBD product to get a baseline, then test again a month or two later to make sure nothing has changed. A vet also will make sure your animal doesn’t have any condition or take any other medication that would make CBD not the right choice. Certain breeds, like toy breeds or breeds that have smushy faces like pugs, also are more sensitive to CBD products.
You should not use CBD oil products that are meant for humans on your pets. Those can have ingredients that are safe for humans but are toxic for pets, like the xylitol in chewing gum.
Mozisek says you want to use only pet-approved CBD products because they have dosing information based on the pet’s weight, which is very important. A pet cannot tell you how it makes them feel, such as whether it makes them feel too loopy or nauseated, or how much is too much.
Look for veterinary CBD products that have had third-party clinical trials.
The product Mozisek uses most is from ElleVet, which has had many clinical trials for mobility issues in dogs. It has not had as many trials for treating behavior such as anxiety. Those trials were put on pause because of COVID-19.
Mozisek still recommends trying a CBD product before going to something like a Prozac for dogs who are anxious about going to the groomer or in storms.
She is especially excited about CBD products for cats because cats don’t tolerate nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and there aren’t a lot of other medicines for cats with arthritis.
Instead of the CBD treats that work great for dogs, she uses an oil for cats that can go onto their food or directly into their mouth, if the cat will allow it.
Mozisek says a lot of arthritis in cats gets missed because we don’t walk them, but if you notice your cat isn’t jumping around as much that might be a sign he or she is hurting.
Still, CBD treats or oil might not be the solution a pet needs, which is why it’s important to see a vet before giving these products to pets. Sometimes doing things like helping the animal lose weight can help with arthritis better than the treats or oil would. Proper training for the pet (and the human) also could improve behavior more effectively than CBD or medication.
If you decide that CBD is the right choice, know that these products are not cheap. It’s about $100 a month for the dog treats and about $100 for the oil for cats, which will last one to two months.
CBD is “not a miracle drug,” Mozisek says. You shouldn’t expect that all their anxiety will go away or the arthritis will be fixed, but she has had clients who have stopped their dog’s other arthritis treatments after using CBD treats.
You won’t know if it will work on your pet until you field test it, she says.
5 Tips for Seniors Seeking Pet-Friendly Assisted Living
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It can be difficult for seniors and their loved ones to make a decision about moving into an assisted living facility. Before relocating, there are lots of variables to consider, like cost, amenities provided, and the quality of care in different facilities. And some seniors may find themselves facing a dilemma when it’s finally time to move into assisted living: What will they do with their pets?
Senior pet owners should know that they don’t have to rehome their pets if they decide to move into an assisted living facility. While not all assisted living facilities accept pets, there are plenty that do. Here’s how to find a community that can be a home for both you and your pet.
Consider Your Needs
Naturally, you’re thinking about finding a facility where your pet can accompany you, but before you start your research, you need to consider your personal needs. What kind of medical care will you need? Which amenities and services will be essential for you? How much can you afford to spend on fees every month? Once you’ve figured out the answers to these important questions, it’s time to start looking into potential facilities.
Now that you know exactly what you need in an assisted living facility, you can start looking for pet-friendly communities that fit all your other requirements. It helps to begin your initial search by asking your loved ones and members of any community groups you belong to for suggestions, but you should also feel free to use the internet to look up facilities in your area. Check out their websites to see if they have any specific policies in regards to pet ownership.
Take Several Tours
You might have your heart set on a certain community, but you won’t know if it’s the right fit for you until you visit in person. In fact, it’s best to tour a few different facilities before choosing one. Sixty and Me recommends asking the staff about the medical services the facility provides, whether you would have a shared or private room, and what kind of activities the residents can partake in. You should also ask about any pet amenities, such as open spaces for them to walk and play in. And don’t forget to ask about any pet ownership fees and breed restrictions!
Keep Your Space Clean
Once you arrive in your new community with your pet, you’ll both need to get used to some new routines, and regularly cleaning your space will have to be a priority. You’ll also want to take extra steps to prevent your pet from getting fleas. Introducing fleas into an assisted living community could be a serious health issue for residents.
If you have a dog, applying flea medication is one way to keep your pet healthy and protected. However, you’ll want to research the health risks and side effects of any flea medication you choose, as some can pose hazards to pets and humans. It’s important to select a medication that is both effective and safe.
Chances are that your pet is a little bit intimidated with so many strangers around, so it’s your job to help them relax and make friends! As you help your pet get into a predictable daily routine in their new home, you should also try to introduce them to new people in a manner that makes them feel comfortable. The Spruce suggests telling visitors to ignore your pet when they enter your space and allowing your pet to go up to them when they feel at ease. Give them treats to reward them for positive interactions.
Selecting an assisted living facility is a very important decision. And if you’re a senior who also happens to be a pet owner, it’s perfectly understandable that you would want to bring your animal companion along with you. By touring multiple facilities and asking the right questions, you can find a new home in a community where your pet will be welcome, too.
Feds Consider Cracking Down on Emotional Support Animals on Flights
Under proposed rules, only dogs could be classified as service animals.
Published 1 day ago
on January 22, 2020
By PETS+ Staff
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering a set of rules under which emotional support animals would no longer be classified as service animals.
The rules are intended to “ensure that individuals with disabilities can continue using their service animals while also reducing the likelihood that passengers wishing to travel with their pets on aircraft will be able to falsely claim their pets are service animals,” according to a press release from the department.
The Washington Post notes that the proposed rules “narrow the definition of service animal to dogs that have received individualized training to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.” A psychiatric service animal would be classified as a service animal “and require the same training and treatment of psychiatric service animals as other service animals,” according to the department.
Department of Transportation officials “noted that the proposed rule doesn’t prohibit people from flying with emotional support animals but the decision will be left to the airlines,” according to the Post.
The agency is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to its Air Carrier Access Act regulation on the transportation of service animals by air.
The department proposes to:
- Define a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability;
- No longer consider an emotional support animal to be a service animal;
- Consider a psychiatric service animal to be a service animal and require the same training and treatment of psychiatric service animals as other service animals;
- Allow airlines to require forms developed by DOT attesting to a service animal’s good behavior, certifying the service animal’s good health, and if taking a long flight attesting that the service animal has the ability to either not relieve itself, or can relieve itself in a sanitary manner;
- Allow airlines to require passengers with a disability who are traveling with a service animal to check-in at the airport one hour prior to the travel time required for the general public to ensure sufficient time to process the service animal documentation and observe the animal;
- Require airlines to promptly check-in passengers with service animals who are subject to an advanced check-in process;
- Allow airlines to limit the number of service animals traveling with a single passenger with a disability to two service animals;
- Allow airlines to require a service animal to fit within its handler’s foot space on the aircraft;
- Continue to allow airlines to require that service animals be harnessed, leashed, tethered, or otherwise under the control of its handler;
- Continue to allow airlines to refuse transportation to service animals that exhibit aggressive behavior and that pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others; and
- Continue to prohibit airlines from refusing to transport a service animal solely on the basis of breed.
The department’s notice can be found here. Comments must be received within 60 days of the notice, which was issued Jan. 22.
Hmm…what do you think about this?
By ETHAN DeWITT Monitor staffPublished: 1/15/2020 5:47:08 PMModified: 1/15/2020 5:46:15 PM
Lawmakers are contemplating whether to create new rights against rental and housing discrimination for New Hampshire pet owners. But landlords have raised objections.
A bill by Rep. Ellen Read, a Newmarket Democrat, would make it illegal for landlords or those selling or leasing homes to bar pet owners from renting or buying, with some exceptions.
The bill, House Bill 1391, would prohibit landlords and others from making an oral or written inquiry into the animal companion of any person” looking to rent or buy, and it would ban “no-pets” notices on listings and prevent evictions because of pet ownership.
The legislation would also not allow landlords to draw up rules based on the animal’s breed, size or appearance.
But it would let them establish pet deposits for their tenants, mandate sterilizations of the animals, and impose rules around sanitation, noise control and safety.
The New Hampshire Humane Society, which supports the bill, says it would mitigate what can be unforgiving conditions for pet owners amid high rents and a tight housing market. Seventy percent of renters in the U.S. have pets, the Society said, and pets are frequently given up to shelters because of housing or renting issues.
“We support any legislation that helps keep pets in homes,” said Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director of the Humane Society. “We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing.”
But landlords said the proposed statute could lead to messy, unsanitary or unhealthy conditions with little recourse, and raised concerns around future tenants or neighbors with animal allergies. And they objected to the ban on making inquiries ahead of the lease agreements as an impingement on the First Amendment.
Testimony on the bill has been postponed to a later date.
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