How to Keep Pets Safe at Home During COVID-19
According to the US CDC and the WHO, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets can spread COVID-19. SInce animals can spread other diseases to people, it's always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals, such as washing your hands and maintaining good hygiene. However, it is still important to consider your pet in your COVID-19 preparation plans. Pets are presently neither a risk or at risk. Do NOT abandon them.
Include Pets In Your Emergency Plan
- Identify a trusted family member, friend or pet sitter who can care for your pet if you become ill or are hospitalized. Your pet will be happier and healthier lounging on someone else's couch, rather than sitting in a shelter.
- Ensure that sure pets are wearing proper identification and that microchip contact information is up to date
- Have a crate and extra food or supplies on hand including leash, collar and toys
- Keep all vaccinations up to date in the event that boarding becomes necessary
- Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Have a written prescription from your veterinarian available.
Responsibly Stock Up On Pet Supplies
- Keep a two-week supply of your pets food, treats and cat litter on hand.
- Keep a 30-day supply of pet medications available
Protect Your Pets If You Are Sick
- The best place for your animal is in the home they know and love. If you aren't feeling well but are still able to care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they are most comfortable.
- If you are sick with COVID-19, you should restrict contact with pets, just like you would with other people. If possible, have another member of your household take care of your pet. If you have a service animal, or you must care for your pet, wear a facemask and wash your hands before and after contact with them.