Is This Dumb?

mechi2

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Because of the coronavirus going around I wipe my dog's paws with hand sanitizer after she comes home from a walk. Do any of you do anything like that or am I just overreacting?
 

CatMom1994

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Yes, it is dumb. You don't want Shannon to lick anything that was not tested on furry animals.

Look for a product that was made for cats and dogs.
 

mechi2

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I don't leave the hand sanitizer on her paws, I wipe them down with a dry paper towel. Thanks for the baby wipes suggestion, do they kill germs?
 

CatMom1994

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Since baby wipes are recommended by the CDC and required in some places, I would definitely buy them for yourself, not the dog.
 

Alpha1

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Because of the coronavirus going around I wipe my dog's paws with hand sanitizer after she comes home from a walk. Do any of you do anything like that or am I just overreacting?
@mechi2, I don't think it's dumb, but you may be overreacting. From all I've read and heard, dogs cannot carry the virus on their skin or fur, so it shouldn't be such a concern to let the dog into the house as usual. I walk my dog every day, and never wipe his paws unless they are dirty with mud. I also let people I know at the park pet him with no worries, he has a long retractable leash and I am at least ten feet away from them, that's my only concern.

When I did take my dog to the vet recently (curbside service) for his heartworm test, I did put a different collar on him, one I removed as soon as he came home, and I washed it thoroughly with soap and water after letting it sit for awhile in the garage. I just did that because I figured they may be holding him steady by the collar.

Now, from what I hear on the news, the coronavirus on surfaces in general was an overblown concern. I still wash my hands thoroughly when needed, but I don't obsess about getting the mail or receiving a package like I did around a month or so ago. If I go to a store, I still wear a mask and nitrile gloves myself.
 

mechi2

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I let things sit in the foyer for a few days to "decontaminate" and wash my hands soon as I bring the mail in. I've heard the coronavirus was found on a dog's nose.
 

CatMom1994

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My mom gets mad if I wash my hands for less than the recommended 20 seconds. Personally I think it is pointless. If 15 seconds were enough for all other viruses, why not SARS CoV-2?
 

Alpha1

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I think washing the hands as advised by the CDC is a smart thing to do. You're not going to get coronavirus (COVID-19) by touching a package or piece of mail. You get it by touching your face, eyes afterwards without washing your hands properly. I don't count seconds, but soap up really well and wash for a good amount of time, that does kill the virus on your hands according to the experts.

As far as my dog and cat, who also sleep with me, I personally am not concerned.
 


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