11 March 2020

COVID-19 Information for Pet Owners

This blog post has been adapted from an article released by the The Humane Society: https://www.animalsheltering.org/COVID19

As of now, COVID-19 is understood to be contagious for humans, but according to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Global Veterinary Community, there is no evidence that animals can be infected. However, they do recommend that people who are confirmed to have COVID-19 avoid contact with pets as well as with people. The full advisory document from WSAVA can be found here.

Some general recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are:

  • Wash hands with soap regularly, especially before eating and after using the restroom.
  • Sanitize regularly used surfaces.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap/water are not available.
  • Do not go to work or go to school if you have symptoms of respiratory illness or have a fever greater than 100.4° F or 37.8° C.
  • Cover your mouth and nose if you sneeze or cough, and wash your hands after.

Pet owners should also take the following precautions:

  • Identify a friend or family member who can take care of pets if someone in the family becomes ill.
  • Make sure you’re stocked up on food and extra supplies for your pets,and have crates ready in case you need to move pets quickly.
  • Make sure your pet vaccines are up to date.
  • Make sure to document all medications your pet needs, and include dosages and instructions for administering. This should include prescription information if applicable.
  • Make sure your pet has at minimum a collar with an ID tag. Microchipping is recommended.

Learn more about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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