Is it ok to walk someone else’s dog?

At this time, more than any other, our pets are a source of comfort and companionship but what happens when you cannot walk your dog on your own.  If you develop any symptoms of Covid19 we are being asked to Stay At Home. In these circumstances it is ok to ask someone for help.

At this point it is worth noting that there have been no confirmed cases of pets passing on the coronavirus to humans. It can be passed from person to person via surfaces such as dogs’ fur, leads or harnesses. Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before and after any interaction with your own or someone else’s pets.

Our Vet Nurses have come up with a few tips to help keep you safe if you are walking someone else’s dog over the next few weeks:

If you are walking a dog from an infected household then ensure you wipe down the dog with a damp disposable cloth or wet wipe before starting your walk, use your own lead that you have brought with you and keep the dog on the lead when outside to reduce contact with other dogs and people.

If you are walking a dog from a household with an elderly or vulnerable person then also ensure you wipe the dog down before handing them back.

Also:

  • Practice “social distancing” at all times
  • Ask the homeowner to open and close doors for you.
  • If possible, walk the dog close to their own home.
  • Do not walk dogs from different households together.
  • Pick up and dispose of waste quickly and safely.
  • Minimise contact with everything else while out and about, try not to touch the dog, your phone or keys etc.
  • Wash your lead with soap after the dog has been returned.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

 

We recommend that you keep checking government guidelines as this advice may change.