The news regarding this pandemic is still everywhere. While you social quarantine, make sure to stay updated on how this affects your pet and their regular activities. This will make your and your pet’s transition back into regular life much easier.
COVID-19 on Surfaces
In our last blog post about COVID-19, we discussed the fact that animals cannot transmit COVID-19 to humans. This is still very much true. However, we may want to consider the surfaces animals come into contact with. Pets often wear collars or clothes, and they require a multitude of other assets in your home such as litter boxes, toys, and more. In a recent study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists determined the life of COVID-19 on several different surfaces. They found that it survived on plastic for up to 72 hours, on stainless steel for up to 48 hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on copper for up to 4 hours.
So what does this mean for your pet’s things? Many pet products such as collars and litter boxes are made of plastic. Food dishes may be made of stainless steel, and cat scratchers are often made of cardboard. While your pet cannot contract it, any human that comes into contact with these surfaces may transmit COVID-19 to them. If you know COVID-19 has passed through your home, make sure to avoid these surfaces for the suggested amount of time. Once that time has passed, sanitize the surfaces.
Addressing Your Grooming Needs
With many parts of the country on complete lockdown, Claws N Paws is currently closed. However, your pets’ needs are still important to us. We are spending our social quarantine carefully and thoroughly cleaning the shop. When we reopen, we will ask that all customers remove clothes and collars off of their pet before dropping them off. This will help ensure that the virus does not continue to spread.
Claws N Paws Day Spa is a full-service professional pet grooming salon located in beautiful Fountain Valley, California. Right next door, Claws N Paws also operates a cats-only boarding facility. We are currently closed, but you can follow us on Facebook (Claws N Paws Day Spa) or Instagram (@clawsnpawsdayspa_) for regular updates.