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Dog walking

Some people have been concerned that the Community Support Group is offering to walk the dogs of those who are self-isolating, in case this could put people at risk. We have now looked into this and both the Blue Cross and RSPCA are still in favour of it, but also provide guidance for reducing risk.

These words are taken from a news article referencing the authorities.

What if I am self-isolating?

Ms Dos Santos, president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), said self-isolators could get someone from outside the home to walk their dog if they are careful to ensure minimal contact.

"That person just needs to exercise good hygiene precautions, whilst trying to maintain that two-metre distance as well," she said.

The Blue Cross animal charity said local community groups are offering to walk dogs or pick up essential pet supplies.

It advised volunteer dog walkers to use their own leads or disinfect the owner's.

Owners are also advised to wash their hands after handling pets, and avoid stroking and handling animals straight after using sanitisers.

Blue Cross coronovirus advice for people with pets

RSPCA coronovirus updates