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Coronavirus is not considered a food safety issue by the Food Standards Agency or the EFSA (European Food Standards Authority).
Remember that if you are isolated or self-isolating this may be for a minimum of 14 days. Therefore, it is a good idea to ensure you have enough food supplies for your treasured, furry friends.
Where possible, weigh out what food you have remaining to see how much supply you currently have. Always ensure you have a minimum of 2 weeks’ supply; this allows time for re-ordering and delivery. Don’t forget to consider the number of treats you may need.
Always ensure your dog has access to fresh water.
If you are self-isolating, or prefer not to come into contact with anyone, your delivery driver can leave your delivery in an agreed, safe place. Payment is always online or over the telephone.
If you are asking somebody else to walk your dog for you then please leave all collars, leads/harnesses in a safe place that you will not have contact with. Ideally, you should provide a spare lead and collar in a waterproof box kept outside. Ensure they are kept clean, ask only the person walking your dog to have contact with them, and ensure hand sanitiser is used before and after handling them.
Please make sure your dog walker also has a stock of poo bags!
If you are unable to exercise your dog during this period then please find further advice on how to keep your dog physically and mentally stimulated during times of isolation here nose work game for dogs. You should also consider slightly reducing the amount of food you feed your dog each day to avoid weight gain.
If your dog takes regular medication, you will need to make sure that you have an adequate supply in case of isolation. Always call your veterinary practice and don’t just turn up. You may be required to ask someone else to collect and deliver for you.
Asking for help
If you have any concerns about your dog during this difficult time then please don’t hesitate to call the Breakthrough Helpline on 0808 168 3344 for any Nutritional, Behavioural or Veterinary advice.
Essentials for an Emergency Box for your dog:
1) Minimum supply of 2 weeks’ worth of food and treats.
2) Medications if required
3) Flea and worm treatment
4) Pet first-aid booklet and pet first-aid kit
5) Pet Dossier (Creating a pet dossier, in case somebody else has to look after your dog or your dog requires hospitalisation, is really useful.) Information can include:
- Veterinary Practice contact details
- Vaccination and medical records
- Identichip information
- Food habits and preferences (including any specific dietary requirements)
- General habits and favourite toys
- Any specific behaviour concerns