COVID-19: An Update From Airpets International

March 18 update:

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve, the safety of our customers and their furry friends remains our number one priority.

Here at Airpets International, we are still relocating animals as usual. Because the likelihood of pets catching the virus is so low, there are still no restrictions on pet travel. However, there are some restrictions on passenger flights to certain countries. Some of the countries that are not accepting incoming flights include: People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey and Italy.

If you are planning to relocate your pet, call us so we can help you navigate the restrictions and, if necessary, help you find alternative travel routes. We can also help you plan your future trip, so that as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted, you and your furry friend will be prepared and ready to go. Contact us today to secure your place in line or ask any questions you may have.  We are here to help.

February 28 blog:

Can your pets catch COVID-19?

One of the biggest health concerns of 2020 has been the outburst of the respiratory disease, coronavirus.  With multiple cases detected in China and many deaths confirmed to this day, it has become an increasing health risk to travel to and from Asia. Although it is known that humans can easily contract coronavirus through person-to-person interactions, many are unsure whether or not the disease affects our beloved pets. Read on to find answers to frequently asked questions on how the coronavirus should be handled with your furry friends.

  • What does coronavirus entail? 

A large family of virus, coronaviruses are known to affect animals such as camels, cattle, cats and bats. However, animals don’t infect humans with these viruses, which makes the 2019 coronavirus a completely different case.

  • Can my pets get the coronavirus?

It is believed that the 2019 coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, emerged from bats and has now developed to be a person-to-person disease. Therefore,  the US Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that there is no reason to believe that pets, traveling or otherwise, might be at risk.

  • Have any animals died because of the coronavirus? 

No, there have not been any cases of animals contracting the coronavirus, meaning that no animals have become ill or died.

  • How should I handle the risk of coronavirus?

Despite there being low to no risk of pets contracting COVID-19, we still recommend washing your hands after any pet interaction, as well as keeping an eye out for unusual physical symptoms on your pets.

  • How could I know if my pet has become sick?

Just like with any other pet virus of sickness, you should keep an eye out for common symptoms. If you find your pet to be experiencing symptoms such as runny nose, excessive drool, difficulty breathing, or any unusual physical appearances, be sure to contact your vet. However, it is likely that it will just be a common virus and not the coronavirus. 

  • Should my pets still travel during this time?

Yes! With the US Department of Health and Human Services issuing a statement on the subject, it is definitely safe to travel in and out of the country with your pets.

At Airpets International, we recognize that health and safety is the number one concern for our furry friends. That’s why we offer first-class pet moving services. Contact us for more information!

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