Coronavirus: Fact, Fiction, & Your Furry Family

With coronavirus, or COVID-19, dominating the headlines, we wanted to address the question that is undoubtedly on all pet parents’ minds: “How does all of this affect me and my pet?”

This truth is there’s still a great deal unknown about this novel virus, and many of you have probably already heard reports and rumors about pets being at risk of COVID-19.

It is true that one dog in Hong Kong tested a “weak positive” for the virus. It’s very important to understand that this dog has shown no signs of illness and there is zero evidence that this infected dog is infectious. This means that this dog very likely caught the virus from her owner and will not be sick and is unable to pass on the virus to other animals or people.

Dogs wearing masks are seen in a stroller in Shanghai in February, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, it has been recommended that if a person is self quarantined then their pets should be as well (meaning no dog parks or playdates for 2 weeks). The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has provided this advice: “For responsible pet owners, preparing in advance is key. Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared, with at least two weeks’ worth of your pet’s food and any needed medications. Usually we think about emergency kits like this in terms of what might be needed for an evacuation, but it’s also good to have one prepared in the case of quarantine or self-isolation when you cannot leave your home. While we are recommending these as good practices, it is important to remember there is currently no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people.”

At Grocery Pup, we’re preparing and delivering our food as normal, and we’re working closely with our suppliers and our delivery partners to make sure that we can continue to deliver boxes for your pup. We don’t see that changing any time soon. That said, we care very much about the safety of our team and partners too, so we’ll continue to monitor the situation daily. 

We hope you find this information useful. From all of us at Grocery Pup, stay safe!

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