Responsible Pet Ownership : Ensuring Animal Safety Under New Norms

Work-from-home pet parents are now spending lots of time with their animals as a new norm, making it important to adopt changes that will ensure pet safety. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that animals are not immune to COVID-19, as there have been cases in which humans were able to transmit the disease to their pet; particularly if close contact was made by an infected person.

The CDC warning suggests that pet parents should also take precautions when taking their pets out for a walk or run, by being mindful of safe places to bring them. Just to stay on the safe side, disinfecting their paws with alcohol wouldn’t be a bad idea at all.

Responsible Drinking When Dogs are Around

By the way, in mentioning alcohol, now that bars and liquor stores are taking on orders for alcohol delivery, pet parents must also make sure that their dog/s will not drink any of the alcoholic stuff they will be drinking. Mainly because ethanol, the intoxicating ingredient in wines, spirits and even in beers can adversely affect canines. That is aside from intoxicating the animal.

Responsible drinking includes making sure there are no spills or leftover liquor lying around after having had your fill. Dogs are naturally curious and will want to find out why you seem to like the liquid stuff so much. Veterinarians warn that there have been cases when dogs brought to their clinics suffered from organ failures due to accidental intoxication.

Apparently, these were cases of dog owners who got wasted after a night of heavy drinking in the comfort of their home. Unknowingly, they had accidentally spilled alcohol that their dog licked off of the floor. The danger is that the dog did not receive proper and immediate treatment when the animal started showing symptoms of being unwell, because their human companions were still down and out.

Common Symptoms that Something is Affecting Your Dog’s Well-Being

Although the CDC has not come up with a list of symptoms that indicate if a dog has been infected with COVID-19, the following are general signs that something is adversely affecting your dog’s health and wellness.




Aside from alcoholic beverages, onions and chocolates, even in small amounts can likewise affect your dog. Ethanol in particular is present in raw bread dough and syrups, and if ingested by a dog, will be manifested through the following symptoms:

  • Heavy vomiting
  • Restlessness and disoriented behavior
  • High body temperature Panting excessively
  • Seizures and muscle tremors and seizures
  • If left untreated, organ failure will likely lead to death.