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During these difficult times, many of us are especially reliant on our emotional support dogs. An ESA dog provides companionship, loyalty, and love in abundance, and this massively improves its owner’s quality of life. For hundreds of thousands of Americans, their ESA dog has been a lifesaver during the COVID pandemic.

Having an emotional support dog also involves a lot of responsibility. You need to make sure you look after your dog by providing it with everything it needs to be healthy and happy. Keeping your ESA dog fit and healthy in a COVID-safe way is essential.

Providing your ESA dog with regular exercise will go a long way to ensuring that it stays healthy. It is vital that you know how to maintain social distance when walking your ESA dog during the COVID pandemic. Maintaining safe social distance while exercising your ESA dog will help to keep you, your dog, and other people safe from COVID.

So how do you stay COVID-safe while walking your ESA dog? What are some ways that you can practice social distancing? What are the primary dog walking COVID-19 guidelines? Let’s find out…

Can Dogs Get COVID?

A lot of ESA dog owners are wondering if their pet can get COVID. The answer to this question is yes, it is a possibility – although the chances of your ESA dog getting COVID are very slim. A very small number of dogs around the world have contracted COVID. A dog with COVID may have symptoms or may be symptom-free.

Should My ESA Dog Wear A Face Mask?

Never put a face mask on any pet. You could do your ESA dog harm by putting a face mask on it. If you believe your emotional support dog is sick because it is showing symptoms, take it to the vet.

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What Are Some Ways That You Can Practice Social Distancing?

You can practice social distancing while walking your ESA dog by following the local guidelines in your area. Social distancing involves staying six feet away from other people who are not in your household. This includes in outdoor spaces where you walk your dog, such as parks, dog parks, and streets.

Can I Take My Dog To A Dog Park During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

Dog parks are open in most areas. If your local dog parks are open, you can take your ESA there for some exercise. Dog parks are excellent for the health and wellbeing of ESA dogs because they get to run around, play, and interact with other dogs. Always follow the COVID safety guidelines that apply to the dog park you visit.

Can My ESA Dog Play With Other Dogs During The COVID Pandemic?

Yes, your emotional support dog can play with other dogs during the COVID pandemic. While a small number of dogs around the world have contracted COVID, animals in general are not thought to play a significant role in the spread of coronavirus.

Can My ESA Dog Go To “Doggie Daycare” During The COVID Pandemic?

In most areas of the country, ESA dogs can go to “doggie daycare” and to groomers. If your dog has symptoms of an illness, they should not go outside or mix with other pets, but if your dog is healthy, it should be fine.

Where Can I Walk My Emotional Support Dog During The COVID Pandemic?

During the pandemic, you can walk your emotional support dog in parks, dog parks, on streets, on beaches, and on nature trails. In all of these areas, you’ll still need to follow social distancing guidelines and exercise your dog in a COVID-safe way.

What Are The Most COVID-Safe Ways To Exercise My ESA Dog?

The most COVID-safe ways to exercise your ESA dog are the ways that maintain social distancing. Exercising your ESA outdoors while maintaining social distancing is COVID-safe.

Walking your ESA dog in areas with a lot of open space such as parks, beaches, trails, and quieter urban areas is COVID-safe. Playing with your dog in your garden is also one of the safest ways to exercise your dog during COVID.

What Are The Dog Walking COVID-19 Guidelines?

The overall dog walking COVID-19 guidelines are:

  • Maintain social distance from other dog walkers
  • Wear a face mask when indoors or on public transport
  • Sanitize leads and frequently touched surfaces
  • Do not go to parks and wilderness areas that are closed
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Can I Walk My Dog If I Have COVID?

No, you cannot walk your dog if you have COVID-18. If you have tested positive for coronavirus, you need to isolate at home for 14 days. You can get a friend, family member, or professional dog walker to walk your emotional support dog for you while you are isolating at home if you have COVID.

How Do I Get An Emotional Support Dog Letter?

People use ESA dog treatment to alleviate the symptoms of a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, phobias, insomnia, and OCD.

The best way to get an emotional support dog letter is to arrange an online telemedicine consultation with an ESA doctor through the Moosh online clinic. Once your suitability for emotional support dog ownership has been verified, the ESA doctor will email you a certified emotional support animal letter.

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