16th June 2021
We are currently allowed to operate as normal.
Covid 19 has been a worrying time for many people all over the world. As far as our ability to work, we are currrently able to provide all services for animals in pet care, and have no restrictions on working, other than to use PPE where required for services.
All through the pandemic, where key workers and shielded people require assistance with their pets, this makes the pet care a service that can still be provided. Cat care, small animal care and dog walking, is able to continue, and priority is required to be provided for key workers and for those who are shielding and unable to make alternative arrangements for their pets.
Life has settled back down into a more familiar pattern in recent weeks, and regular services for people visiting family/holidaying/working away are back to being at the top of the priority list for many people and their pet care needs in Aberdeen.
What Precautions will you take?
We are covid compliant, and risk assess each situation and each pet care plan. What is suitable for one pet, may not be suitable for another. We will carry out the pet care plan while at your home as part of the meet and greet, to ensure both our and your safety are taken into account. We are asking for payment by card or bank transfer, so as to not handle cash between clients, and which has been well received by customers. Our three sitters are fully vaccinated and also qualified in pet first aid, to help reduce any potential risk.
Will I get Covid from my pet?
While nobody can answer this definitively, it’s unlikely that you will get covid from your animal. Your pet, however, may have been in contact with another animal or a person who has covid, and the virus may be on their fur, and then transmissable to you or someone else.
Can you help if I have tested positive, or have covid symptoms?
If you require assistance with a dog walk, and the house has people infected with covid, we would be taking them on a dog walk on their own, ie not part of any pack walks. This is due to the potential for your dog to have virus on their coat, which may rub off onto another animal and be transmitted. We would use our own lead in this circumstance, however your collar should remain on your pet, for familiarity. Your dog/s will be walked on lead locally for the duration of all walks while there is covid-19 in your home.
Any equipment, including the vehicle if used to transport the dog, must be cleaned and disinfected between dogs. Gloves should be worn and disposed of after each household and before returning to a vehicle. There should be minimal contact between the walker and the dog. Walkers should not touch personal items such as phones whilst walking a dog.
What if I am too sick to care for my pet/s?
If you have symptoms of covid, please try and limit your contact with your pet/s. If you are too unwell to look after your animals, contact your local vet, and perhaps look into short term care help for your animals.