Coronavirus and Dogs

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As coronavirus dominates the news and disrupts people’s daily lives across the world, there’s an enormous amount of information and misinformation circulating.

As the owner of Portland Pet Food, customers and friends are expressing concerns about the risks to dogs and asking what they should do.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions, and answers that we have, based on the most up-to-date, credible information.

Can My Dog Get Coronavirus (COVID-19), Or Can I Get Infected From My Dog?
The World Health Organization states that “There is no evidence that companion animals or pets, such as cats and dogs, have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.”

There have been reports that a dog in Hong Kong contracted coronavirus, but scientists don’t believe the dog was infected with the virus. The dog tested positive, based on oral and nasal swabs (but not rectal or fecal samples). The dog didn’t have any physical signs of coronavirus, and experts believe that the dog represented a single, isolated case.

Because research is ongoing, and information is being reviewed daily, we recommend that you keep checking the World Health Organization’s website and other credible websites regularly.

If I Get Sick With Coronavirus, Can I Have Contact With My Dog?
If you’ve contracted the COVID-19 virus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending that you have limited contact with your dog. If other people in your household aren’t sick, they should take over caring for your dog. If you don’t have help, wash your hands and wear a mask while feeding and caring for your dog. Also, wash all toys, bowls, and other items that your dog uses or touches. 

Should I Keep A Supply Of Dog Food On Hand?
The CDC recommends that you keep a two-week of supply of dog food on hand (as well as water and medications), in the event that you’re unable to leave your home. Portland Pet Food Company meals and dog treats are easy to store in a cupboard. Our dog food toppings have a 2-year shelf life, and our treats are fresh for 18 months. Because there’s no need to freeze our toppings or treats, you’ll have more freezer space for your own food. 

As a reminder, for your convenience, we offer a dog food subscription service. If you’re already signed up for regular deliveries, as always, you can modify your order at any point.

If you have any questions about your subscription or any of our dog food products, please call (503) 928-2848, or e-mail support@portlandpetfoodcompany.com.

Wishing you and your canine friends the best!

Kate McCarron 

Owner of Portland Pet Food Company

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