Doctor busts myths regarding pets and their food during these tough times
The nutritional needs of cats are different from humans and change with age. One should always give pets, food best suited for their life stage, filled with required nutrition. However, some people do not pay attention to that. Veterinarian Umesh Kallahalli answers some common questions about COVID-19, highlighting the need to pay attention to this aspect of your pet food to ensure they are healthy and safe.
Can my pet catch coronavirus?
Based on current information, it’s very unlikely. Research shows that dogs and cats are not infected easily with this virus, and there’s no evidence that they can transmit the virus to people or other pets at home.
I can’t find my usual food in any shops, what has happened?
Pet food is essential, and Whiskas is continuing to make the food your pet needs and loves. The team is happy to help and if you are having trouble finding your pet’s favorite food, please email [email protected] or call the team on the toll-free number 1800407112121, Monday to Saturday 8:30 am – 5 pm.
How can I protect my pet from getting coronavirus?
At this time, research suggests it’s very unlikely your pet can contract COVID-19 and there's no evidence they can infect others at home. We recommend the following three steps to protect your pets:
- thorough handwashing
- keeping pets away from anyone infected
- confining pets if they've been around someone infected
Can my pet carry the virus in its fur?
Your pets’ fur is like any other surface so it’s important you practice thorough handwashing after handling them, keep pets away from anyone infected and confine pets if they've been around someone infected.
Can I still take care of my pet if I am sick?
When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals if you are sick. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets.
Is there a risk my pet could get coronavirus from food?
Please be assured that the current coronavirus outbreak does not pose a food safety risk to humans or pets, either through packaging or the food itself. The processing conditions involved in the production of Whiskas food products are sufficient to destroy the virus.
Are the locations where you source your ingredients from safe for pets to eat?
Whiskas sources ingredients from many regions around the world, they only use high-quality ingredients that meet local laws as well as meeting their own high standards. The processing conditions involved in the production of food products are sufficient to destroy the virus.
As you now spend more time with your pets, make the best use of your time and give them the best of health. You have the opportunity to invest your time in their health and development. As a pet parent, now is the time to rebuild and reboot with your pets. You will surely come out of this lockdown with a better routine with your cats and dogs.
Disclaimer: This article has been produced on behalf of Whiskas, by Times Internet’s Spotlight team.
April 18, 2020