The Looming Fear: Can The Coronavirus Attack Your Pets?

According to the CDC, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were discovered in a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from human-to-human.

Amidst the chaos, a very common question has been making rounds… “Can pets be affected by the infamous coronavirus?”

Can The Coronavirus Attack Your Pets?

Authorities from Hong Kong stated earlier this week that a Pomeranian had been tested positive for the novel COVID-19 on a swab test. It was suspected that the Pomeranian was just contaminated with the virus, after revealing a low level of infection.

Matters have been taken up by the global pet industry and two more pets were checked for the coronavirus after the Pomeranian. They both tested negative. 

Many animal healthcare experts see how these cases could lead to concern among pet parents worldwide; however, scientists believe that there is no proof that pets can infect their owners, other people, or other pets with the coronavirus. They can only test for having COVID-19

Is Quarantine Needed For Infected Animals?

Authorities in Hong Kong have advised putting mammalian pets belonging to infected people in quarantine.

However, on the other side of things, it is not required to keep infected animals that have been tested positive away from those that have not been exposed to the virus. It may be a best practice, but pets have a very low chance of transferring the virus to humans if tested positive for it. This applies to humans as well as other animals.

How To Prevent The Spread of The Coronavirus

Unfortunately, no COVID-19 vaccine exists currently. So, health officials are recommending we implement the easiest ways to prevent any illness, which is just simply to avoid exposure. This doesn’t mean we should close ourselves off to society completely; especially since our furry friends love the outdoors too much anyways!

The following suggestions have been made public for people to follow:

    • Stay home if/when you’re sick.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
    • Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning sprays or wipes.

While these may be actions you already practice, it’s always good to refresh them in your memory during this time. Please encourage others to do the same!

Hands N Paws Takes Action To Stay Healthy

As we’re entering in and out of clients’ homes and working with pets all day long, we realize that the transfer of germs can be pretty excessive. This is why we’ve equipped the pet sitters and dog walkers at Hands N Paws with best practices in order to maintain a clean working environment. 

    • Staff members are now equipped with disinfecting wipes, which we use to wipe down doorknobs, for example, before entering and after leaving clients’ homes. 
    • Staff members are expected to use company-provided hand-sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) between pet appointments. 
    • We are working to avoid touching our eyes, nose, and mouth with our hands in the workplace. 
    • Staff has been given facial tissues and latex/plastic gloves to keep on them during appointments so as to cough or sneeze into, or when touching various surfaces. The CDC’s cough and sneeze etiquette have been reviewed among employees.
    • Staff has been asked to avoid close contact with people they know who are sick. In addition, they are required to address it to management when they are feeling sick or have a fever. The company’s sick leave policy has been reviewed so that employees are freshly aware of company rules and protocols. 

We have also discouraged the following activities around any animals so as to keep the human-to-animal interaction safe:

    • Eating or drinking
    • Hand-to-mouth behaviors, such as nail-biting
    • Contact with animals if the human has any open wounds
    • Contact with any animal waste that isn’t prefaced by wearing gloves and followed by using hand-sanitizer afterward

Latest Updates In Ohio

The total number of negative tests in Ohio reached eight on Friday, March 6th, 2020 when another coronavirus test came out negative, says 10tv.

As of Monday, March 9th, 2020, there are three confirmed cases of coronavirus being tested positive in Ohio.

Their symptoms pointed towards a respiratory illness. The state’s health department says that they either been in contact with someone who was infected or had traveled to China or the adjoining areas within the last two weeks. 

There are 225 Ohioans who are currently under public health supervision. The figure points towards travelers that have been referred to ODH for monitoring. The number may also include travelers who have ended their self-monitoring home quarantine.

If you want to find out the number of potential cases being reported to the state and the outcome of testing procedures, you can check them at, where they are updated every day.

Continuing To Stay Informed

As reported by NBC4, Amy Acton, who is the Health Director of the Ohio Department, revealed today that the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) had opened a call center that will entertain questions regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The call center, set up by ODH, will be functional seven days a week from 9 AM to 8 PM. You can reach out to them at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

There are nurses and infectious disease experts that can are part of the call center staff. They will be answering all queries and providing people with accurate and updated information regarding COVID-19.

Currently, the general risk of coronavirus to the citizens of Columbus, Ohio, is low. However, it is essential that everyone continues to follow the standard guidelines and take up necessary precautionary measures as laid out above.


At Hands N Paws, we are happy to be thought leaders on this looming fear of the coronavirus. We want to provide as much info as possible to the public, so that you as a pet parent gain full transparency on the topic and feel fully informed and reassured! If pet parents notice any strange or weird behaviors among pets, of course, take them to the vet to get checked out!



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The terms of this agreement are as follows: “Client” refers to you, “Company” refers to us (Hands N Paws), “Team Member” refers to the person from our team providing services for  your pets, and “Team Members” refers to the Hands N Paws team as a whole.


It is important to inform Hands N Paws of any specific emergency instructions or medical conditions related to Client’s pets. This will help ensure the safety and well-being of pets during emergencies.

In case any of Client’s pets need emergency veterinary treatment, Team Member will contact the designated vet on file and/or a local emergency vet. Team Member will also communicate with Client and/or emergency contacts regarding the situation.

Client gives permission to Team Member to transport the pet(s) to a veterinary clinic and/or make treatment decisions (except for euthanasia), especially if it’s a life-threatening emergency and/or Client cannot be immediately reached. Client is responsible for any veterinary fees incurred. 

Client releases Hands N Paws from any liability for any damage or harm to pets or property that occurs beyond the reasonable control of Team Member during the provision of emergency veterinary care. 


To comply with local laws and ordinances, it is required that all pets have the appropriate vaccinations and licenses before Company begins services. For further information on these requirements, please visit the Ohio State Bar Association’s website at Client should also check with his/her veterinarian to determine which vaccinations/shots the pet requires. 

For safety reasons, we encourage all dogs and cats to wear an ID tag or collar that includes name and contact number while Team Member is working with them.


To ensure access to Client’s home during scheduled services, Hands N Paws requires that Client purchases a lockbox and places a spare house key(s) inside of it for Team Member to use. Client can purchase the lockbox on Hands N Paws’ website by clicking Buy Your Lockbox. Once it arrives, the lockbox should be programmed with a unique four-digit code. The lockbox should then be placed on the main door handle or in another secure location, and the lockbox code and location information must be entered in the Client’s account on Precise Petcare.

Alternatively, Client may elect to provide a code for entry via a garage door or electronic keypad and if so, must enter all necessary codes in Precise Petcare. Client is strongly encouraged to purchase a lockbox, however, to ensure that Team Member can access pets at all times during scheduled services, especially in situations where the power goes out or batteries die and Team Member need alternative access to the home.


All Team Members have access to Clients phone number, but are instructed to only use them when necessary or for urgent purposes during services with pets. Hands N Paws prioritizes the privacy and confidentiality of phone numbers as personal information.

All correspondence between Client and Team Member should be centered around Client’s pets and the services provided. If Client has inquiries regarding scheduling, cancellations, app-related matters, or any company-related concerns, these are to be directed to the Company via the office number: (614) 636-6644. The Company’s client support team is available during office hours, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays. The Company will make contact with Client outside of office hours should there be any urgent need for communication.


In order to provide the best possible service to pets, it is crucial that Client provides Team Member with detailed and up-to-date information regarding their pets. This information should be accurate, complete, and accessible through the Client’s account in Precise Petcare. Team Members can only work on the basis of the information that is available to them through the Client’s account in Precise Petcare. Likewise, Client acknowledges that the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the information they provide directly impacts the quality of the services delivered. Client, therefore, takes full responsibility for any consequences that arise from inaccurate, incomplete, or outdated account information.


Arrival times for services occur within a two-hour period. Team Members are unable to guarantee exact arrival times due to various factors that may affect scheduling and travel times. To accommodate these considerations, we use time blocks rather than specific times. Client will see this in the dropdown menu when Client selects Arrival Time in the request service form within their Client account.

While Team Members understands that Client may have preferences regarding arrival times, it is essential to acknowledge that Team Members cannot guarantee meeting those specific requests. Flexibility is needed in order for Team Members to accommodate for needs of other Clients on schedule.


For the most up-to-date and detailed descriptions on service offerings, please visit our website at


The following service surcharges may apply under certain conditions:

Last Minute Service: A fee of $15 per service will be charged for bookings made with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Holiday Service: A fee of $20 per service will be applied for services provided on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve.

Additional Pets: Base pricing for services includes up to 2 pets. For each additional pet beyond the initial two, an additional fee of $7 per pet will be added.

*Additional fees may apply, as discussed/negotiated between Company and Client. 


Hands N Paws strives to accommodate as many service requests as possible. However, the approval of service requests is subject to the availability of Team Members. Upon submitting a service request, Client will receive a confirmation or declination email/notification indicating whether Hands N Paws can fulfill the requested work. Sometimes, this may take up to 48 hours or more.

If a service request is declined, we encourage Client to explore alternative options or contact our dedicated client support team for further assistance. Company is here to help and find the best solution for all pet care needs.


To ensure a personalized experience for new Clients, Hands N Paws requires a virtual or in-person Meet N Greet before getting started with pet services. These meetings allow us to connect with and onboard Clients and discuss their pet care needs.

All virtual Meet N Greets are free of charge. All in-person Meet N Greets come at a $50 cost. Meet N Greets are no more than 30 minutes in length.

New Clients can book their Meet N Greet on our website at Existing Clients can book their Meet N Greet in their designated client account in Precise Petcare.


Payment Method: All services with Hands N Paws are to be paid for using a credit or debit card. All major cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover are acceptable. Client can securely add and store card information within their Client account. Adding and keeping a valid credit card on file is a requirement for requesting any services with Hands N Paws.

Ongoing Services: For services scheduled as ongoing, Client will be automatically charged every Friday for the previous 7 days’ worth of completed, canceled, and in-progress services.

Non-Ongoing Services: For services not scheduled as ongoing, a 50% down-payment will be charged on the day the services are accepted and confirmed. An invoice will be sent immediately. Client has until the date of the last confirmed service to manually pay the remaining balance on the invoice. If manual payment is not made, the remaining total will be automatically charged to the card on file on the date of the last service day on that invoice.

Declined Payments: In the event of a declined auto-charge, Client will be promptly notified. After the first declined charge, Client has a 24-hour grace period to rectify the issue. In the case of a second declined attempt, a late fee of 10% of the invoice total (minimum $10) will be added. Client must be attentive to emails regarding overdue notices.

Payment Terms: Hands N Paws will be paid the agreed-upon amount as discussed, with no exceptions, unless our Cancellation Policy (outlined below) applies and the Client receives a refund in the form of an Account Credit(s). In emergency circumstances, a refund may be issued as transferable credit(s) back to the Client’s card.

Additional Fees: Client may be charged additional fees if Team Members are instructed to, or determine the need to, purchase items for the pet(s) while under the care of Hands N Paws. These items may include pet food or treats, litter or cleaning supplies, transportation to the vet, or emergency expenses for the general care of the pet(s). Hands N Paws and/or Team Member will consult with Client before making any purchases, and will retain and share any receipts as proof of purchase.


When Client schedules services with Hands N Paws, the Company has likely turned down other work so as to devote our time to the work requested from said Client.

Client understands and accepts the Company cancellation/refund policy as outlined below:

– 100% refund is issued as Account Credit if cancellation is made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled service(s).

– 50% refund is issued as Account Credit if cancellation is made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled service(s).

– NO refund is issued for same-day cancellations/less than 24 hour notice.

PLEASE NOTE: Refunds are NOT transferable. Should Client be eligible to receive an Account Credit (based on terms above), that will be auto-added to his/her account and applied to the very next invoice with us.


Hands N Paws agrees to provide the services stated in this contract in a reliable, caring, and trustworthy manner. In consideration of these services and as an express condition thereof, Client expressly waives and relinquishes any and all claims against Hands N Paws arising out of or relating to the provision of services hereunder, except those arising from gross negligence or willful misconduct on part of Hands N Paws.

Client understands and acknowledges that the environment in which they are requesting Hands N Paws to complete services is reasonably sanitary and safe. If it is determined that home conditions are unsanitary and/or unsafe at any point in the working relationship, Company will make it known to Client. Action will be taken accordingly thereafter.

Additionally, Hands N Paws will not terminate during a period of scheduled service unless Hands N Paws determines, at their sole discretion, that a serious danger exists to the health or safety of Team Members or pets. If such concerns preclude Hands N Paws from providing further care for the pets, Client agrees to pay for their pet to be boarded at a boarding facility or taken under the care of another party until Client returns. All attempts will be made to notify Client and/or emergency contacts regarding such situations.

Client understands and acknowledges that he/she is responsible for letting Hands N Paws know of anyone who has access to their home during the duration of services booked. Client releases and holds Hands N Paws harmless of all loss, expense, and damage caused by any third-parties entering Client’s home at that time.


This contract will take effect upon digital signature by Client (clicking “Agree & Submit” below) and will remain in effect until terminated by either party. Client may make online reservations for additional services at any time during the terms of this contract, as subject to Hands N Paws availability. All scheduled services will be governed by all the terms of this contract.

Client acknowledges that by signing below, he/she is providing written approval for the provision of services by Hands N Paws during any service period scheduled by Client and confirmed by Hands N Paws. Upon service confirmation, Hands N Paws will be authorized to enter Client premises and perform services without additional signed contracts and/or written authorizations.