How to Keep Pets Safe At Home During COVID-19
You've heard that this is a scary, unprecedented time, but not much about how to plan for it when it comes to having pets. Here is some information for you below!
- Include pets in your emergency plan. Find someone your pet trusts to take care of them if you get sick. Have your pet's toys, food, medicine, and more ready to go at a moment's notice. Have a back-up for your back-up. Your animal will be happy and healthy lounging on someone's couch!
- Create a written emergency plan for each pet. Including your pet's feeding schedule, any medical conditions, treatment instructions, vaccination status, and contact information for your veterinarian.
- Pets and COVID-19. According to the US CDC, WHO, and the OIE, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.
- Responsibly stock up on pet supplies. Make sure to have at least a 2-week supply of pet food, treats, and cat litter on hand, as well as a 30-day supply of your pet's medication.
- Protect your pets if you are sick. The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you aren't feeling well, but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they're most comfortable.
- If you are sick with COVID-19. You should restrict contact with pets, just like you would around other people. Have another member of your household take care of your pets. If you have a service animal, or you must care for your pet, wear a facemask, and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.
- Enjoy your new coworkers! If you are not ill, you can interact with your pets as you normally would, including walking, feeding, cuddling, and playing. Continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions. For those housebound, revel in the fact that you're able to bond with your pets like never before. Soak it up!
For more information, please refer to the CDC website.