SNP MP Alyn Smith – Honorary Vice-President of the Scottish SPCA and Honorary Associate of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) – has welcomed clarification from the veterinary organisation on pet care during the Covid-19 crisis.
The headline of a recent BBC article suggested that veterinary advice was to keep all cats indoors but the BVA has since clarified this advice is only in relation to cats in infected households or where people are self-isolating.
BVA President Daniella Dos Santos has reemphasised there is no evidence that animals can pass the disease to humans, there are only a very small number of human-to-animal transmission cases – and above all, pet owners should continue good hygiene practices.
Alyn Smith MP said:
“In these tough times, we’re all focussed on looking after our loved ones and family members – and that includes pets too.
“The spread of COVID-19 across the world in recent weeks has caused some confusion and concern pet owners across the country and initial coverage of BVA guidance had left some cat owners worried about the welfare of their beloved family pet – so I welcome the clarification in advice.
“I know that it will be a huge comfort to those who have been in touch with their elected representatives to know that organisations like the BVA are doing what they can in the circumstances to offer advice and safeguard animal welfare.
“Of course, the guidance for people has not changed. This Easter, people should stay at home to save lives and protect our NHS.”
Original BBC Article – Coronavirus: ‘Keep cats indoors’, vets recommend – https://web.archive.org/web/20200408032609/https:/www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52204534
For further information visit www.bva.co.uk/coronavirus