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How To Care For Your Dog If You Need to Self Isolate


The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not a topic we wanted to cover on here, but as it’s now very much a reality in our day-to-day lives, we’d like to offer some practical and helpful advice for dog and pet owners, should you need to self isolate. 


Can I still Have Contact With My Dog?

According to The World Health Organisation and The Government, at present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs and cats can be infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).


That being said, there has been one instance of COVID-19 traces being found in a dog in Hong Kong after close contact with it’s the owner who contracted the virus. However, it’s likely that the dog had licked a contaminated surface as there is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of the disease, or, that they can become sick. More information can be found on The World Organisation of Animal Health website. 


As a sensible precaution, always clean your hands frequently and thoroughly before and after contact with your pet and when handling their food.


Can I Still Walk My Dog?

When self-isolating you’re advised to NOT leave the house, this means you cannot walk your dog. Try to ask a neighbour, friend or family member to come and walk your dog for you, or even better, to temporarily look after your dog while you’re self-isolating. You can let your dog out in a private garden for toilet breaks but ensure you catch any of your coughs or sneezes with a tissue while outside.


How Do I Keep My Dog Entertained Indoors?

We have some really fun and healthy dog toys and treats that will help keep your dog occupied should you need to self isolate. Here are our recommendations:


Dog Chews: 

The Green & Wild’s Antler Dog Chews are 100% natural, free from preservatives, colourings and additives and also last for ages! 

These are new in, The Green & Wild’s Chew Roots Dog Chews are another natural and sustainable dog chew. Harvested by hand from tree roots, these chews act as a natural toothbrush and are also long-lasting. 


Dog Toys:

Give your dog a fun chew session with the Kong Jump n Jack Dog Toy, it bounces, is durable and helps reduce plaque. Fill the ridges with peanut butter or cheese to make playtime last even longer.

Does your dog react better to smelly toys? Then give these House of Paws Vanilla Scented Cupcakes a try, they smell delicious.


Dog Treats:

If your dog has a sensitive tummy, then try the new Yora Insect Power Protein Bars for dogs. Insect protein is easier to digest and the bars are packed full of nutrients from the addition of vegetables. 

A delicious, junk-free dog chew alternative is the Pooch and Mutt Duck Delight Chews. These tasty chews are cold-formed meaning they preserve the natural flavours and nutrients.


Other ideas to keep your dog entertained could be to introduce new indoor games, such as hiding tasty treats around the house for them to hunt out. Or, why not use this time to teach them some new tricks to keep their mind active (as well as yours!).


Can I Still Get My Dog’s Food Delivered?

We are operating 100% as usual, so don’t forget to stock up on your dog’s favourite food and treats. You can still receive deliveries while self-isolating, but just ask the delivery driver to leave them at your door to avoid any contact. 

Above all else, keep yourself and your pets safe. If there are any questions you have, then please email woof@notinthedoghouse.co.uk and we’ll do our best to help.