Experts say pets are good for mental heath during coronavirus pandemic

As the coronavirus leads to many shut-in their homes, experts say pets are good for your mental wellness. But a question arises, can pets transfer the coronavirus?
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As the coronavirus leads to many shut-in their homes, experts say pets are good for your mental wellness. But a question arises, can pets transfer the coronavirus?

 

“Pets are definitely good for your mental health and if you can, if you do have a pet, it’s important that you spend time with your pet,” said Dave Miers for Bryan Health. “As far as taking in pets, I have not heard of any information and do not know of any information to the exposure of COVID–19.”

 

“I don’t think people should be nervous about in-taking new pets into their home at this time,” says Bob Downey, president and CEO of Capital Humane Society. “Usually, interactions with pets are happy positive things and we need happy positive things going on in our lives right now.”

 

Downey says studies are ongoing but humans cannot get the virus from pets.

 

“Pets do not give you coronavirus, they don’t get coronavirus,” says Downey. “There is a type of coronavirus that dogs get and it’s just a lower intestine infection they get. “It can’t be transferred to human beings.”

 

He does have advice for people who do have COVID–19 and that is to wash your pet’s fur.

 

“You should have plans in place for someone else to take care of your pet for you,” adds Downey. “Bathing is very good (with) dawn dish soap or something of that nature just to clean up the coat.”

 

The adoption center remains open but they have made changes to keep everyone safe during this time, limiting 3 adopters at a time.

For more information, visit https://www.capitalhumanesociety.org/adopt/ 

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