Find ways to enrich your pet’s environment. Your dog or cat needs your help to stay mentally stimulated. This is important not only to discourage destructive behavior in younger pets, but also to keep your older pet’s brain sharp.
Two employees were also confirmed to have the disease, including one who cleans out the animal cages and handles the hamsters.
In response, they ordered the immediate suspension of hamster sales and imports of all rodents. An estimated 2,000 hamsters, including any bought since 22 December, must be handed over, local media reported, and the owners must report for testing.Hong Kong’s health secretary, Sophia Chan, conceded there was no evidence domestic animals can pass the disease to humans, but authorities were acting out of caution.
“We have assessed the risks of these batches are relatively high and therefore made the decision based on public health needs,” the director of agriculture, fisheries and conservation, Dr Leung Siu-fai, said. “We urge all pet owners to observe strict hygiene when handling their pets and cages. Do not kiss or abandon them on the streets.”
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All animals taken from the Causeway Bay shop would be dealt with “humanely”, authorities said.Louis Yeung, at the Chinchilla and Pets shop on Hong Kong island, said he had about 20 hamsters in stock and was waiting for instructions.
“A man called me and asked my phone number and said he will send a message to me, but so far I don’t have any information from [the government],” he told the Guardian. “We just follow the government instructions. There’s nothing to do, worry or not worry. If they decide something we must do it.”Leung said he was surprised to hear hamsters could get infected and was also worried by reports of virus transmission on food packaging.
Focus on the Human-Animal Bond. “Dogs and cats have broken down the walls of our hearts. There haven’t been comparable domesticated species in 5,000 years.” For Dr. Becker, it’s clear that pets and people have evolved to benefit each other. He explains, “When you’re petting them, you both get this massive release of oxytocin, prolactin, dopamine, and a decrease in cortisol. It’s a reciprocal biochemical spa treatment.” As they age, it can be easy to take pets for granted. Make time for a little human-animal bonding every day.
“I don’t really understand what we should do. I don’t really know if the human takes this [virus] to a hamster or the hamster takes this to the human.”
The imported hamster theory comes a day after Chinese authorities, who are similarly battling outbreaks while pursuing a zero Covid strategy, blamed an untraceable case of the Omicron variant in Beijing on a package sent from Canada , via the US and Hong Kong.While the global science community is sceptical on the likelihood of Covid-19 spreading by international mail, at least at the frequency it is reported in China, Beijing authorities said testing had found traces of the virus on the outside and inside of the package.
If you've got a teething pup who loves destroying cords, spritz bitter apple spray onto a paper towel and wipe the cord with it. This covers more surface area and wastes less product than simply spraying the entire thing.
There have been previous cases of animal infection, including several pets in Hong Kong, over the course of the pandemic. In 2020, Denmark culled its entire population of 15 million minks after some were found to be carrying a mutated variant of Covid-19.It also banned mink breeding until this month. Several thousand carcasses that had been hastily buried in West Jutland began rising out of the earth months later, prompting alarm and a police operation to rebury the animals at the macabre scene.
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Keep Your Gum & Candy Stored Away. Many gums & candies include xylitol, a sugar substitute that’s highly toxic and can be fatal to dogs. Keep all candies and gum far out of reach of your pets at all times. Here’s a list of common household items that are known to contain xylitol.
It appears it was known hamsters could be infected with the disease – a May 2020 study by leading Hong Kong infectious disease experts used the animals to determine the effectiveness of mask-wearing, by lining some hamster cages with them and measuring the transmission between infected animals and their health neighbours.