The Dogs Trust, which has a base in Salisbury, is issuing advice to reassure owners around coronavirus transmission and dogs.
The charity have said there are currently no confirmed cases of the Covid-19 being transmitted from dogs to people.
The main source of infection is human-to-human transmission.
However, the charity says just like human hands, it is possible for dogs to carry the virus on their fur, their collar and lead.
The charity is 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 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.
- 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.