The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says COVID-19 is spread to humans through person-to-person contact, and there have been no reports of pets spreading the Coronavirus in the U.S. In addition, The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated, “…to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.” However, it’s important to have a prepared plan for your pets in place, if needed.
Choose a family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your family becomes ill or unable to. Stock up on extra pet supplies including a two week supply of food, a 30 day supply of medications, extra treats, and pet toys. Ensure all pet vaccines are up to date and that you have a copy of the current immunizations in case your pet has to be boarded. All pets should have an identification collar with a Pet ID Tag on and a microchip, if possible. Create a Pet Folder with your pet’s food instructions, medical information, emergency contacts, and a medical consent form.
It’s important to note that if your pet is ever showing symptoms of an illness, be proactive and take them to the vet.Wash your hands before and after playing with your pets. We hope that you are all staying safe during this time and enjoying your fur babies!