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Can I walk my dog if I have to self-isolate due to coronavirus?

AS more and more of the public come into contact with Covid-19, guidelines and measures have been put in place for us to follow and to try and keep safe.

Despite this, many of us are still not sure how and if we can interact with our beloved pets if we become contracted with the virus.

 Many people are wondering can they still walk their dogs if they catch coronavirus
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Many people are wondering can they still walk their dogs if they catch coronavirusCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Can I still walk my dog if I have to self-isolate?

Unfortunately, no, you cannot still walk your dog if you have to self-isolate.

When self-isolating, you cannot leave your home or be around other members of the public.

But this doesn't mean you have to start panicking or abandon your pets.

The RSPCA have said there are ways around this like, arranging for another person to care for your pet or by playing with them in your garden, in a guideline given on its official website.

Some good news for the over-70's, is that UK government will allow the elderly to still walk their dogs who will be isolating for their own safety.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has suggested it will be different for the elderly, saying: "It is the case that people will be able to go out and walk the dog. It's about being sensible, not mixing in crowds."

 If you have to self-isolate the furthest you can go with your dog is your garden
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If you have to self-isolate the furthest you can go with your dog is your gardenCredit: AFP - Getty

What should I do if I have to keep my dog in the house?

Not to despair, there are many ways to keep you and your dog entertained in the house if you have to self-isolate.

In its official guideline, the RSPCA says mental stimulation games while your indoors should do the trick and keep you and your pet occupied.

This includes ditching the food bowl at dinner time and feeding your pet with a food puzzle to get them thinking-or teaching them a new trick, which is great simulation for a dog.

Spotify have also come to pet owners aid by launching, 'My Dog's Favourite Podcast' which has a range of carefully selected spoken word, sound and original music designed to encourage relaxation.

 You can still interact with your pets, but try not to kiss or lick them if you have coronavirus
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You can still interact with your pets, but try not to kiss or lick them if you have coronavirusCredit: Reuters

Can dogs and pets get coronavirus?

Owners will be happy to know that pets cannot catch coronavirus.

Despite this, the RSPCA has said that pets maybe impacted if you or any members of your family test positive for the virus or are asked to stay at home and self-isolate.

To what capacity they will be impacted is unknown, so to be on the safe side you should, 'avoid kissing,licking or sharing food with your pet', and make sure you have 'extra supplies of pet food and medication in case you have to self-isolate.'

Also, if you do need to interact with your pet-wash your hands before you do and try to wear a face mask if possible.

 It is not thought that dogs can catch coronavirus at this present time
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It is not thought that dogs can catch coronavirus at this present timeCredit: Getty Images - Getty

What is the penalty if I do take my dog for a walk while self-isolating?

If you contract coronavirus, you must follow the guidelines put in place and remain in self-isolation, not putting others at risk and increasing your own chances of recovery.

Although there is no official penalty for specifically taking your dog for a walk, it is likely to be seen the same as you not self-solating.

The punishment for this can vary, as some countries will force you by law to stay at home-or in some places you can receive a fine.