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Advice to dog owners in Cornwall amid Covid-19 lockdown

Advice to dog owners in Cornwall amid Covid-19 lockdown

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:32am 26th March 2020. (Updated at 12:50pm 26th March 2020)

Advice is going out to dog walkers across Cornwall amid the UK-wide coronavirus lockdown.

In the government's efforts to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, people are only allowed outside for a select few reasons.

These include for food shopping, for medical reasons, to help someone who is vulnerable or to exercise once a day, including walking your dog.

Cornwall Council is urging people to keep pets on leads in public spaces to help observe the social distancing rules.

"To help observe social distancing, we are strongly advising dog walkers to keep their dogs on leads when in public areas.

"Should one dog go up to another, or towards other people, and the owner has to retrieve it there is a risk of closer contact than is safe.

"Please observe this simple rule to help prevent the spread of Covid-19."

Cornwall Council

The RSPCA has also been issuing advice as to how best look after your pets during the coronavirus outbreak.

Social Distancing Tips

  • Always adopt good hygiene practises and thoroughly wash your hands after interacting with your pets.
  • Avoid being kissed or licked and avoid sharing food with your pet.
  • Ensure you have supplies of pet food and medication in case you need to stay at home.
  • Enjoy dog walks but keep two meters away from other people.
  • Speak to your vet or doctor for more advice.

Self Isolation Tips

  • Limit contact with pets and other animals whilst you’re sick.
  • Do not go on dog walks, instead exercise your dog in the garden or ask a friend or relative to help. A dog walker or boarder may also be able to help.
  • Ask friends to care for livestock and horses.
  • If you feel unwell ask friends or a boarder to take your pets to be looked after.
  • If you have any concerns about your pet, or your pet shows signs of ill health, please do not visit the vet but phone for advice. As you will be unable to take the pet to the vet yourself, have a plan so that someone else can do this on your behalf.

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