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Covid and Dog Fur

May 21, 2020

Throughout COVID I have been reading about owner’s concerns regarding the virus and the spread from human to dog and vice versa as well as whether dogs can transmit the virus to other dogs.

680 News yesterday morning brought this up again so I thought it would be beneficial to provide everyone with what we are doing at Wag Awhile regarding this public concern.

To date there have been “a few” dogs that have contracted COVID-19 from their owners that had the virus but there have been no reported cases that I have read/heard about where a dog has transmitted the virus to humans.

Dogs fur however can act like a “vector” (the virus could be carried on your dog’s fur to another dog when playing or to a human if they pet a dogs fur as fur is not antiseptic).   Pet fur could theoretically carry the virus for at least a short period of time.   Example:  A COVID positive owner sneezes on their dog….dog carries the “germs” on their fur similar to that of the virus being on metal, paper, cardboard, counters, your clothes etc. from the same source for a period of time.

What steps is Wag Awhile Doggie Daycare doing to handle this “potential”?

  • Clients have been asked not to bring their dogs to Wag Awhile if they have had COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Clients have been asked not to bring their dogs to Wag Awhile if they have been in contact with anyone that has COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • All dogs admitted to daycare are required to have their owners take home their dogs’ collars and leashes each day as we will use collars on your dogs that are cleaned each and every day. This reduces further “risk”.
  • Our team will be wiping down your dog’s with “Alexanders’ Original Self Rinsing Shampoo” upon admit and go-home as we anticipate that “if” a dog was to have the virus on its’ fur that this would disinfect them for additional protection and peace of mind.
  • For clients that do not like the “fragrance” of this please let us know (as we appreciate that many people have sensitivities to smells) and we will use a warm, damp towel on your dog instead to wipe any “potential” droplet particles off of their fur.
  • The likelihood of a dog attending daycare when they have not been in contact with COVID for the 14 days limits this unlikely “potential” significantly if not completely.

It is important to remember that dogs need social interaction with their canine counterparts.   For the past 2 months we have been keeping them away from their “furriends”.   Daycare allows them the opportunity to socialize and “be dogs”.  We are doing our best to ensure they do this in a safe and loving environment.

Please feel free to contact me directly at 905-836-9247 with any questions or concerns.
I hope this is beneficial and gives dogs owners coming to Wag Awhile some peace of mind.
Stay safe and healthy!

Kaylyn
RVT, Owner of Wag Awhile Doggie Daycare