The Upside of Lockdown
There aren’t many upsides to the recent coronavirus outbreak, but one small ray of sunshine is that many of Britain’s dog owners will have much more time to spend at home with their four-legged friends. Dogs up and down the country will be delighted as their owners are asked to work from home, giving them so much more time together.
Welcome walks for both of you
With pubs, cinemas, sport and other socialising now out of bounds, getting out for a walk with your dog may be the only chance you get to leave the house, and they certainly won’t complain. If you are asked to work from home as a precaution, or you are staying in as you are elderly or vulnerable, you are still allowed to exercise your pets, as long as you avoid interaction with other people. Aim for open spaces like the beach or local parks and keep a safe distance of around two metres (six feet) away from others. However, if you are self-isolating following potential exposure or as a result of showing symptoms, you should not leave the house at all and only exercise your dog in the garden.
For many of us, getting out for a brisk walk in the fresh air could be just the tonic we need, especially if you are lucky enough to live by the coast. However, there will be times when just getting out of bed will be a struggle as you fight the virus, and for some, an extended stay in hospital could very well be on the cards. That’s where A&T’s dog boarding in Lancaster will really come into its own.
Taking care of your dog
With state of the art, heated kennels near Lancaster, set in acres of open grounds and staffed by fully trained animal care experts, A&T are perfectly placed to take care of your dog, while you take care of yourself. We can take your dog for a set period, or we can work on a flexible, day to day basis for those who are affected more seriously by Covid-19. Our luxury Lancaster kennels are available as and when you need them, so please feel free to call us to check availability anytime.
If you have an existing booking for our Lancashire dog boarding kennels, for a holiday, a business trip or other event, and this trip has now been cancelled due to the virus, please let us know as soon as possible. That way we can release those dates for people who need dog boarding as a result of the outbreak. If you don’t cancel, that space goes to waste and someone who really needs it will miss out.
Pets are safe
According to the World Health Authority, our pets are not at risk from coronavirus and ‘there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19’, so you are safe to be around them, even if you have symptoms. This is good news since, for the vast majority of people, the disease will amount to little more than normal flu – a time when curling up on the couch with your dog can be a real comfort.
It also means that you can offer to walk the dog of a vulnerable neighbour who does not want to go out, or you help friends and family who are too ill to walk their dogs themselves, without putting them or yourself at risk.
The situation won’t last forever, but while it does, just enjoy the extra time you have with your dog and remember to keep a safe distance from other people when you take them out for a walk.