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Keep your dog safe with these best COVID-19 practices
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Keep your dog safe with these best COVID-19 practices

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It’s been about a year since we first heard the words coronavirus and COVID-19.

Today, with a vaccine arriving, we are still having massive outbreaks of COVID-19 throughout the country, and there are still questions about the virus, the disease and the ideal protocols.

But what we have gained in the months of this pandemic are scientific research and the perspective of time.

Here are some important facts about COVID-19 for dog owners to know:

Cathy M. Rosenthal of Tribune Content Agency contributed to this report.

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