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COVID- 19 - What You Need to Know
Pets and COVID-19
Q: What should I do to prepare for my pet’s care in the event I do become ill?
A: Identify another person in your household who is willing and able to care for your pet in your home should you contract COVID-19. Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared, with at least two weeks’ worth of your pet’s food and any needed pet’s medications. Usually we think about emergency kits like this in terms of what might be needed for an evacuation, but it’s also good to have one prepared in the case of quarantine or self-isolation when you cannot leave your home
Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.
It is important to note that Covid-19 does not currently appear to be a threat to our patient population. Per the American Veterinary Medical Association website “Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.”
If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as you normally would, including walking, feeding, and playing. You should continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions (e.g., wash hands before and after interacting with your pet; ensure your pet is kept well-groomed; regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding material, and toys).
Additional information on COVID-19:
We ask our clients to use discretion and contact us if there are any questions or concerns.
As always, we acknowledge that during this time, your pets will continue to have medical needs. We are available and ready to help in any way that we can.
Dr. Sherry Torregrossa and Dr. Taylor Breuer
And the entire staff and Animal House Veterinary Hospital