Your Guide to Getting a Dog During COVID-19

How to Purchase a Puppy During the Coronavirus Outbreak 

We know that the decision to get a dog is a complicated one during ordinary times but right now the environment has given us all a lot more to think about. This article will help you think through whether now is the right time to bring a puppy into your life.  

We’ve organized this document into some helpful sections: 

Believe it or not, dog, cat and even chicken sales have soared in recent months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Forced to work from home and shelter in place, people are flocking to animal shelters and breeder services to bring home a furry quarantine companion.  

If you’re thinking about getting a dog now this Guide to Buying a Puppy During the Coronavirus Outbreak is a great resource to help you understand the pros and cons of adding a puppy to your life. 

CDC Guidelines for Social Distancing Dogs 

Now that you’ve decided to bring a dog into your life, you need to ensure their safety as you would any other member of your family. As with human interaction, there are social-distancing guidelines for dogs and dog owners to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to the CDC, if you own a dog, you are to: 

  1. Keep them from interacting with people or other animals outside the household. 
  2. Keep dogs indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people. 
  3. Walk dogs on a leash, while maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals. 
  4. Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs can congregate.  

What if I Get Sick? 

According to the CDC, if you become sick with the Coronavirus (or suspect that you may have contracted it), you should minimize contact with your pets and other animals and, when possible, arrange for another family member to care for your pets.  

Most importantly, If you are sick with COVID-19 and your pet becomes sick too, you must NOT take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself. Call your veterinarian and let them know you have been sick with COVID-19 and ask them to advise on how to proceed.

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Puppy? 

If you’re stuck at home with little to do outside of work and desperate for a way to break the monotony of the Coronavirus quarantine, a puppy just might shake things up for you. 

The joyful face of a puppy provides a welcome relief from the depressing news of the day and comfort you when the isolation becomes too much to bear. Plus, many prospective owners are now discovering they finally have the critical element needed to raise a puppy – time. 

Never before has so much of the population had so much time on its hands. If you were dreaming of an excuse to add a puppy to your family, then now is a really good time to make that dream a reality.  

How to Buy a Puppy for Sale in Quarantine 

Since the COVID-19 outbreak forced many of us into isolation, eCommerce is no longer a convenience, it’s a necessity. Fortunately, PuppySpot has been placing dogs with families online for more than 10 years. Our goal has always been to connect healthy puppies from ethical breeders with families looking for a furry friend. Now more than ever, our service is helping families find their new family member without the need to leave their homes.  

PuppySpot is absolutely committed to placing healthy puppies into happy homes and maintaining social distancing in the process.   

Is Now The Right Time For You To Buy A Puppy?  

Thanks to COVID-19 shelter in place protocols, you likely have more time on your hands than ever before, but you still need to consider whether or not you have the time it takes to housebreak, obedience train and socialize a new puppy.  

A puppy takes up much more time and energy than you’d think. Just because you’re now working from home, doesn’t mean you have the time to step away from your computer and go for the walk your dog needs to be healthy. 

If you live in a densely populated urban area you will need to make sure that there is ample space for you to walk your puppy frequently as you train him so that you can maintain your city’s social distancing requirements while house training your dog and making sure the puppy gets enough exercise. As well, if you have to be online all day to keep your job, then it’s important to consider if you will have the time for the frequent breaks required to care for your puppy. If you live in a less populated area and have plenty of time on your hands, then there has never been a better time to get a puppy.  

What Happens To The Puppy When Things Go Back To Normal? 

Arguably, the most important thing you need to consider if you’re thinking about getting a puppy during COVID-19 is what happens to the puppy when things go back to normal? Will you still have the ability to care for your new puppy when you go back to working nine to five? 

No one can be sure what is going to happen with the Coronavirus outbreak but experts do predict that it will eventually end. When it does and things go back to normal, you need to ensure that your puppy will still receive the care it needs to live a long and happy life. 

Will You Be Able To Support A Puppy If You Lose Your Income? 

No one likes to think about it but what happens to the puppy if you lose your income. COVID-19 has shuttered the economy and forced many people out of work. Your puppy has needs, the least of which is a safe place to live and nutritious diet to eat.  

If you lose your income because of Coronavirus, will you still be able to afford to properly care for a puppy? If the answer is no, then now is not the time to bring a puppy into your home. You need to have an income to support a puppy to the best of your ability.  

Are You Prepared To Socialize A Puppy While Social-Distancing? 

Everyone knows that puppies need frequent trips outside, but that doesn’t mean you should expose yourself or others to possible COVID-19 infection. The new social-distancing rules apply to everyone. If you are unable to socialize your new puppy AND practice social-distancing, then now might not be a great time.  

Though canines can’t contract COVID-19, owners who have COVID need to take special steps to avoid socializing with pets/dogs. These are just some of the things you need to think about when introducing a dog into your life now.  

That’s why you must be able to socialize your dog in a way that does not expose you or your family to humans who may be infected. We are all in this together and It’s your responsibility as a human first and dog owner second to ensure you walk, exercise and socialize your dog while keeping as much distance from others as possible.  

Do You Have A COVID Plan For Your Puppy? 

What happens to your puppy if, heaven forbid, you or a family member contracts the Coronavirus? No one enjoys thinking about such a scenario but you must if you want to accept the responsibility of owning a dog.  

An emergency plan for your pet is important but it doesn’t have to be complex. It can be as simple as having a family member care for the puppy in your stead. Plus, many boarding facilities remain open to provide care if need be. You’ll also need a puppy supply kit, which, along with emergency food and supplies, should contain: 

  • Contact information for the person who will care for your dog. 
  • Contact information for a back-up in case your first contact can no longer provide care for the animal. 
  • Leash. 
  • Toys. 
  • Bed and blankets. 
  • Crate or carrier. 
  • Vaccination records and contact information for your veterinary clinic. 
  • Collars, ID tags and microchips. 
  • Medications and prescriptions with instructions. 
  • Daily care instructions. 
  • Something that smells like you to comfort your puppy while you’re away. 

Canines and COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

PuppySpot is your source for reliable, useful information concerning the Coronavirus; your pets and how it might affect them. We answer your questions below. However, if we missed any questions or you think of one we didn’t answer, please contact us here and a PuppySpot concierge will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Can Dogs Get Coronavirus? 

Dogs can contract certain types of coronaviruses, however, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is not a threat to dogs. According to the AKC,  

“Two pet dogs in Hong Kong have tested positive for COVID-19, and both of these dogs lived in homes with COVID-19 positive owners… Hong Kong officials stress that “these findings indicate that dogs and cats are not infected easily with this virus, and there is no evidence that they play a role in the spread of the virus.” 

In other words, yes, dogs can contract coronavirus, but these cases are infrequent and not believed to be a health threat to the dogs in question.  

Can Dogs Spread COVID-19? 

No. According to the World Health Organization, “There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.” 

Though you cannot contract COVID-19 directly from your dog, owners are advised to wash their hands after petting their dog and before touching their face. Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other products not approved for animal use.

Can I walk my dog? 

Yes, you can walk your dog. Nowhere in the United States are dog owners prohibited from providing their dogs with the exercise they need to stay healthy. However, as millions of Americans are under shelter in place orders, you must exercise caution and practice social-distancing when outside with your dog. 

Do your best to avoid people by walking your dog at off hours when sidewalks and parks are less populated. Stick to open areas and stay at least six feet from others, which means keeping your dog’s leash tight enough that they don’t get too close to people and other dogs. Don’t forget to wash your hands when you’re done with the walk.  

Should I Have Contact With My Pet If I Have Coronavirus? 

According to the CDC it’s best to “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.” 

How Can I Protect My Dog From Coronavirus? 

Stay away from people. It sounds harsh but the truth often is. If you want to protect yourself and your dog from Coronavirus, then do your part and stay inside. The more you stay inside and distance yourself from others, the safer you and your dog will be from the Coronavirus.  

How Can I Keep My Home Clean And Safe For My Pets? 

Many cleaners that prevent the spread of COVID-19 aren’t safe for pets. It’s best to keep dogs out of rooms where cleaners that contain bleach, alcohol and other powerful chemicals are being used. 

Don’t leave cleaners out where your pets can get into them and be sure to follow the product instructions, as some cleaners need to sit to be effective, while some surfaces need to be rinsed to avoid burning their paws. 

What If My Pet Is Showing Symptoms Of Illness? 

If your pet starts showing symptoms of illness, then it is almost certainly NOT novel coronavirus and you should contact your veterinarian for instructions.  

PuppySpot: The Best Place To Learn About And Find Puppies For Sale 

For those of you stuck at home aching for companionship, a puppy can be just the thing you need to get you through the COVID-19 pandemic. PuppySpot puppies are only meant as companions and pets, that’s why all of our puppies are eligible for companion registration on the appropriate registry. You can view all of our puppies here.  

Once you’ve made a selection, a puppy concierge will walk you through the every step of the buying process. Then we’ll work with our trusted partners in the commercial air, private air, and ground transportation business to get your puppy to your home (or as close to your home) as we can as quickly as possible, while focusing on the health and welfare of your puppy. 

The world we live in right now is a scary one but finding a companion to help you through these trying times doesn’t have to be. Contact PuppySpot today and meet your new best friend tomorrow.