Their feet are sensitive and permeable and help keep them cool. The pads of your feet can often have microscopic cuts or abrasions. The alcohol content in the disinfectant will sting and irritate the wound. Additionally, dogs often clean their own pads as part of their cooling process and for their own grooming needs. Licking and ingesting disinfectant is poisonous to them. Even if you mean well, we don’t want you to have to take your dog for an emergency vet checkup. Any signs of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, if you think your dog has ingested even a small amount of disinfectant, should be examined by a veterinarian.
They make masks for dogs; it is an opportunistic market that attracts the impulsive and uniformed buyer. First of all, dogs don’t easily contract our human strain of COVID. COVID has been found rarely in dogs and only under extenuating circumstances. Your dog would need a lot more to get COVID than if you were sick at home with him. So it is very difficult for them to get our COVID.
Why Dogs Don’t Need Protective Measures Against Human Viruses
Dogs are generally vaccinated for many of their own canine corona virus strains, which do not affect humans. Putting a mask on your dog only takes away his abilities and makes him feel restricted and scared, which could lead to aggressive behavior.
Dogs have no way of cooling off in the summer and expect to pant, which they cannot do with a mask on. And if they are not the aggressive type, they will likely keep trying to remove the mask as it blocks their ability to freely smell, lick and taste, so if the main idea from a human perspective is to protect the dog from germs – How protective is all that added fuss! Not much, the results are counterproductive.
If you take your dog to the mall, to the dog groomer, to dog training, or to a friend’s house, anything that involves you and the dog in and around strangers for several hours is high risk for you! Try to avoid unnecessary visits or appointments with pets and indoor activities for now. Too much close contact won’t hurt your dog, but it could affect you. Stay home, stay safe.
If you sell a dog during COVID, keep the price realistic
This is someone’s investment for the dog’s life. We hope you have chosen someone to keep the dog for the right reasons, and we want it to work out well for everyone involved.
Now you know how to protect yourself and your dog during the pandemic
In this article we discuss what your dog does not need you to do for him during the pandemic. Please keep yourself and your friends and family safe. Do not use disinfectant to disinfect your dog’s paws even if you have the best intentions. Please do not make your dog wear a mask, only people should wear a mask. For your safety, avoid closed areas for long periods of time. And if you are selling or buying a dog during COVID, make sure the price is reasonable and the seller is reputable.
How has the pandemic changed your daily dog routine?