We want to reiterate that at this point, the national and world health groups say there is no connection between pets transmitting it to people or vice versa. According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, there is currently no evidence that pets can become sick from COVID-19. These experts as well as the CDC, OIE and WHO indicate that there is no evidence to suggest pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection including spreading the virus to people. More investigation is underway and, as we learn more, we will keep you updated. Until then, here are some recommendations for pet owners to do their best to prepare during this uncertain time:
Wash Your Hands
Currently, the CDC says that the coronavirus can only be transmitted from person-to-person. However, with news developing each day it is always good to practice basic hygiene practices when you interact with your animals. Not only should you be washing your hands throughout the day, but you should also wash them any time you have direct contact with an animal or animal food and supplies.
Designate a Caregiver
If for some reason you are unable to properly care for your animals, have a person in place who can step in for the short-term and help you properly care for your pets. This could be a friend, family member, pet sitter or neighbor. By creating this plan, you are keeping your pets safe and also lowering the number of animals coming into a shelter environment.
Get Pet Supplies
Yes, there has been a number of shortages lately, but we recommend that you have an emergency kit in place that includes a 30-day supply of all medicines your pet takes (if any) as well as at least a two to three week supply of food.
If you do have a caregiver that needs to help with your pet, it is good to give them all of your pet’s information in one place. Create a kit to help your caregiver make the transition easier on your pet. Include in this kit all medicines your pet is taking, food preferences, behavioral tendencies and veterinarian and emergency contact information. You can also take it one step further and include personality information on your pet. Does he or she have a favorite toy? Do they have certain habits or training? Be as detailed as you can.