Covid-19 Updates

This post is an open and ongoing thread to help keep you updated on COVID-19 and how it related to Wholistic Pet Organics and your beloved pets.

3.30.20

Dear Loyal Customers,


In continuing our updates about Covid-19, the CDC has released the following
information for pet owners. As indicated earlier in our Blog, the bottom line for
pet parents is the CDC does not have evidence that companion animals,
including pets, can spread COVID-19.

Key Points

  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in certain types of animals.
  • Coronaviruses that infect animals can become able to infect people, but this is rare.
  • We do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.
  • We do not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products imported pose a risk for spreading the 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like
illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as
cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline
coronaviruses, only infect animals and do not infect humans.

 


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U. S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
play distinct but complementary roles in regulating the importation of live animals
and animal products into the United States. CDC regulates animals and animal
products that pose a threat to human health; USDA regulates animals and animal
products that pose a threat to agriculture; and FWS regulates importation of
endangered species and wildlife that can harm the health and welfare of humans,
the interests of agriculture, horticulture, or forestry, and the welfare and survival
of wildlife resources.


Risk to people


Some coronaviruses that infect animals have become able to infect humans and
then spread between people, but this is rare. Severe acute respiratory syndrome
(SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) are examples of diseases
caused by coronaviruses that originated in animals and spread to people. This is
what is suspected to have happened with the virus that caused the current
outbreak of COVID-19. However, we do not know the exact source of this virus.
Public health officials and partners are working hard to identify the source of
COVID-19. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is
now spreading from person to person. The coronavirus most similar to the virus
causing COVID-19 is the one that causes SARS.


At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets,
can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection in the
United States.


Risk from imported animals and animal products
CDC does not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal
products pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States.
How to stay healthy around animals In the United States, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.

  • Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies.
  • Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after pets properly.
  • Take pets to the veterinarian regularly and talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health.

For more information, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.

 

Risk to pets

CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick
with COVID-19. Further studies are needed to understand if and how
different animals could be affected by COVID-19.


How to protect pets if you are sick If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.

 

When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals
while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling,
being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be
around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact
with them. For more information visit: What to Do if You are Sick.


Related Resources

 

3.20.20

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has developed an initial list of "essential critical infrastructure workers" to help state and local officials as they continue their work to protect their communities while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Although this list is advisory in nature, it should help answer some questions.

One such workforce identified are "animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, etc..." 

Rest assure, Wholistic Pet Organics will continue daily operations to make sure your beloved pets get the products they need. We continue to update GMP and HACCP programs as more information becomes available to us. 

For the full report please follow this link below: 

CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

  • Be responsible and take precautions
  • Be conscientious
  • Be considerate of others
  • Be kind
  • Don't panic

 

3.16.20

We are all aware of the impacts of Covid-19 and naturally we all remain concerned not only for our human health but also for our pets.  There is much information coming and going and it still remains a challenge to discern fact from fiction.

Therefore, we are providing you with the most current information as per the CDC since they are considered to be the most reliable resource for information about Covid-19 and your pets.

 Can my dog transmit COVID-19 to me by an encounter with a person infected with the virus?

 The Center for Disease Control has issued guidelines for how pet owners should interact with their pets if they believe that they are sick with the virus or if their pet is exposed to others who have the virus.  

 It is recommended you should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people.

 Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.

 When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.

 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 and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

These are precautionary directives because there is still not enough information about the COVID-19 virus. However, every leading healthcare organization has stressed that risk of transmission from a dog or a cat is extremely low.

 If transmission were to occur, it is most likely that the pet would carry the virus from one part of the environment to another.  An extreme example might be an individual who is sick with the virus, coughs into his or her hand and pets an animal. Shortly thereafter, another healthy individual touches the same part of animal, and then somehow gets the virus from his or her hand into an eye, nose, or mouth. Please remember that this is an extreme example and that there is only one documented case in the world of a pet that has tested positive for COVID-19.

 If you are wondering what more can you do in an effort to protect your beloved cat or dog , Wholistic Pet Organics® suggests you consider adding to your pet’s daily diet one of the following immune bolstering dietary supplements:

 

  • Wholistic Colostrum Powder™ is the first choice in providing purity, efficacy, and guaranteed quality for your pet with passive immunity (immunoglobulins IgA, IgM, IgG, lactoferrin) during times of stress, illness, and/or periods of recovery or for general immune function support. Can be given to both cats and dogs.

 

  • Wholistic Ester C® is a patented, non-acidic, Body-Ready® form of Vitamin C that is easily absorbed for maximum effectiveness over other forms of Vitamin C. Dogs do produce some Vitamin C, but not nearly the amount that may be necessary for peak health. Under periods of elevated stress, Vitamin C is rapidly depleted.

 

  • Wholistic Spirulina™ is a powerful blue-green algae rich in antioxidants and the best part of Spirulina is its immune-boosting abilities. By increasing the production of antibodies and white blood cells, Spirulina is giving your pet the means to fight germs and prevent illness. Can be given to both cats and dogs.

 

  • Wholistic Wild Antartic Krill Oil contains high levels of powerful antioxidants including Vitamin A and E, and natural occurring astaxanthin. Antioxidants like astaxanthin have been shown to aid in the elimination of harmful molecules called “free radicals.

 

  • L-Lysine Powder by Wholistic Pet Organics, is formulated to support your cat’s immune system by promoting the production of antibodies and enzymes within the immune system. To be given to cats only.

 

We will keep you, our valued customers, updated to any news regarding Covid-19 impacts to your beloved pets.  We have pets too and love each and everyone like family!  We are as concerned with their well-being as much as each of you are with your pets.

 We, at Wholistic Pet Organics®, despite these uncertain times, continue to manufacture our animal health products on a daily basis here in the US.  All online and shipping activities are still in place. Do not hesitate to contact us for any of our products to help meet your pet care needs.

 

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