Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-07-08

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15 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020 tms-aldershote­ Letters page, News & Mail, Stoke Mill, Woking Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1QA EMAIL: POST: n n Thanks to Odiham resident Alan Markham for this delightful shot of a sunlit barley field PHOTO of the week out walking; Don’t be afraid to ask people not to pet your dog; If you’ve tested positive for coronaviru­s or have symptoms, limit physical contact with your dog as much as possible, as hard as it may be; If your pet is sick or injured, call your vet ahead of time before going to the surgery and; If you do visit friends and family with your dog as part of a social bubble, do remember to wash your hands and avoid visiting if you are unwell. To keep ourselves and others safe it is important that we all work together to follow government guidance and keep at least two metres apart from others when venturing outside. To avoid situations where your dog might approach and greet other people or dogs, this may mean walking your dog on a lead when in areas with other people. For more informatio­n please visit or­s. pointing to the necessity of fitness centres for maintainin­g physical and mental health, swift and decisive action is needed to re-open the nation’s gyms to help our population kick-start their recovery from Covid19. (specialist­s who provide advice and support to our centres and branches). In addition, 10,000 microchips have been provided to our centres, helping to ensure that cats leave our care with a safe and permanent means of identifica­tion. Over the coming year, players will also be supporting our important advocacy work, helping us create a better world for cats via campaigns such as Purrfect Landlords and Microchips Reunite, as well as helping to cover the overall costs of looking after cats at our centres. Anyone wishing to find out more about the work of Cats Protection, or needing cat related advice, can visit cases of the coronaviru­s (Covid-19) being transmitte­d from dogs to people. The main source of infection is human-to-human transmissi­on. However, just like human hands, it is possible for dogs to carry the virus on their fur, their collar and lead. With more people able to visit friends and families in gardens and in parks, and their dogs able to visit vets and dog walkers as restrictio­ns ease, there will naturally be more opportunit­ies for people to interact with you and your dog. We are advising owners that there is little risk of the disease being transmitte­d from a dog to them, but to follow these simple steps to help protect themselves and others: Wash your hands well with soap and water for 20 seconds after touching your dog or any of their belongings: As hard as it may be, avoid kissing your dog, and letting them kiss you; Avoid contact with other people’s pets; Ensure your dog does not come into contact with other people or dogs. If your dog is likely to go up to other people or dogs, you may need to keep them on a lead whilst evidence and guidance, our fitness and wellbeing centres have worked with our hospital teams who have been at the frontline of the pandemic, and with our medical and clinical taskforce, to ensure our sites are able to operate safely for members and our workforce. We would therefore welcome the opportunit­y to see the evidence used to enable the safe reopening of the hospitalit­y sector, and to work closely with the Government to demonstrat­e how we can meet those same standards. We are willing and able to offer up our sites and infection prevention specialist­s to test methods and trial new operating models, to enable the safe reopening of our sector. We are also piloting a programme with the NHS to support the rehabilita­tion of Covid-19 patients following their discharge, but again, to do this, we need access to our network of fitness and wellbeing centres to enable face-face consultati­ons with patients. This government is right to focus on public health as part of the nation’s recovery from Covid-19. But with a body of evidence n n Steve Gray CEO of Nuffield Health n Lottery players help provide care for cats n I WOULD like to thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their continued support as Cats Protection enters its third year of funding. During these challengin­g times, Cats Protection is working flat out to keep caring for cats and the wonderful support we receive from players has never been more appreciate­d. People’s Postcode Lottery players have helped us find loving new homes for thousands of cats by supporting essential cat care assistant and volunteer team leaders roles at our centres across England, Scotland and Wales, and funding our two cat behaviour posts n James Yeates Cats Protection Advice for dog owners during Covid-19 crisis n n DOGS Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is issuing advice to reassure owners around coronaviru­s transmissi­on and dogs following widespread media coverage. 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