As many parts of the world begin to reopen and ease their lockdown restrictions, people are beginning to travel or planning to do so, where it is safe.
However, for some, there is still a big deal of ambiguity as well as questions around how pet sitting or holiday care works in a new normal world. With that in mind, we have created a brief guide detailing some frequently asked questions, plus some tips on how to prepare for a pet sit or holiday care during coronavirus.
Is it safe to welcome a buddy or go on a pet sit?
Assuming that you are following the government guidelines, adhering to social distancing and continuing good hygiene practices, there is no reason why you cannot safely conduct a pet sit. Keeping in mind to monitor government updates regularly.
Can pets catch or spread the virus?
While there have been a few isolated cases, there is no evidence that pets can transmit the virus to a human, the chances of catching the virus from a pet are extremely rare, however, it’s still advisable to maintain good hygiene practices such as thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water after stroking, feeding or handling a pet. Make sure to stay up to date with information provided by WHO.
Tips for pet and house sitting during COVID-19
1) Preparing for a sit
It’s very important ensure a house has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before a sit takes place. This should be done using a cleaning solution that is designed to disinfect while it is also safe for 4-legged friends, paying close attention to any high traffic hotspots such as remote controls, light switches and door handles
2) Communicating & meet safely
Careful planning and continued communication are key to a safe and successful pet sit and holiday care.
Discuss any pre-sit arrangement via built-in chat and then move to meet and greet session while maintaining a social distancing protocol especially if you haven’t met the member before.
Handovers should be planned, and keys should be left in a safe and secure place for a contact-free pick-up if needed.
Taking safety measures
As we steer through these unclear times, it’s important for both parents and buddies to have a plan B in case of any unforeseen circumstances, and to discuss this ahead of the sit. This is especially important in case of an emergency, or if your return becomes delayed.
P.s. If you are planning to travel refer to our recent blog on How to use MyPetBuddy for pet holiday care