Norovirus is dangerous for your pets and can get it from contaminated feces, food, or other surfaces.
We all know that norovirus can make us feel miserable, but did you know that it can also make your pet sick? Norovirus is one of the most common causes of gastroenteritis, affecting humans as well as animals. Unfortunately, there's no vaccine for norovirus in either humans or pets.
The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent your dog or cat from contracting norovirus. Here are some tips on how to protect your pet from getting infected with this nasty virus.
Norovirus Can Live On A Pet's Fur
This virus can live on your furry friend's coat for up to 2 weeks. So if your pet has itchy bumps or blisters on his skin, don't pet him, and don't let him lick you. If he had come into contact with feces that contained norovirus, there’s a high probability that he’d get sick too, and so could your other pets who come in contact with either them or their saliva or both.
In a multi-pet household, make sure that they are kept together to ensure that the virus does not spread. You can have separate dog cages with individual dog beds for them.
Sick People Should Avoid Contact With Their Pets
You should make sure to avoid contact with your pet. If you're sick, don't let your pet lick you, jump on you, or sleep on your bed. Wash your hands often and thoroughly. Wash them after handling the cat litter box and clean up any messes made by them.
The virus can live in the environment for weeks, including in litter boxes and other surfaces infected pets touch. You can also help keep your pet from getting sick by cleaning their living areas regularly, for example, disinfecting their favorite kong toys or having separate dog bowls and cat litter boxes.
Don't let your pet interfere with your food or cooking. Don't let them lick your face while you're eating. Keep them from jumping on the table while you're eating. Don't let your pet jump on the counter while you're preparing food. And if you have multiple pets, feed them separately.
Make Sure The Bedding Is Always Clean And Dry
Clean your pet's bedding regularly. The norovirus is most commonly transmitted through contact with contaminated surfaces and materials, so it's important to make sure that your dog's bed is always clean and dry.
Wash their toys regularly. Pets can also become infected by playing with dirty toys. Make sure to wash toys regularly, especially if you're not sure if they've been used outside of your home.
Take Them To The Vet Immediately
If your pet contracts norovirus, take them to the vet immediately. The vet can give them pet medication, like antibiotics for dogs and cats, to help clear up their symptoms, and they will probably need to test for norovirus.
If you think that your pet may have had contact with someone who has the virus, it's important that you speak with a veterinarian about whether or not they need to stay in quarantine for 21 days.
Take care of your furry friends by preventing norovirus from spreading to them. Wash your hands before and after handling pets. Keep your pet's environment clean, especially areas they like to sleep or play in. Avoid letting your pet lick or jump on you while you're eating. If your pet gets sick, take them to the vet immediately. It's always important to remember that these viruses can live on surfaces for up to 28 days.