Know the facts
There’s no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you become ill but are still able to care for your pet, please stay at home, and keep them at home with you.
Identify someone who can help if you are hospitalized or become too ill to care for your pet
Reach out now to your neighbors, friends, coworkers, or family members who could temporarily take them in. Many boarding facilities remain open and also may be able to provide care. The most important thing you can do today is talk directly with people who can help so they’re prepared in case they’re called to action.
Prepare a pet supply kit
It may not seem necessary today, but if you find yourself in an emergency situation, having the proper supplies (including food, medications, vet’s contact info., etc.) already packed and ready will be a huge help. Your kit should include:
- Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pet
- Name and contact information for a back-up in case your first contact is no longer able to help
- Food and treats (for up to two weeks)
- A leash and harness (if applicable)
- Toys, a bed, and blankets
- A crate or carrier to transport your pet
- Vaccination records and contact information for your veterinary clinic
- Collars with ID tags (and remember to update your pet’s microchip information)
- Medications and prescriptions with instructions
- Daily care instructions
What if my pet is showing symptoms of illness?
Contact your veterinarian if you suspect that your pet has been exposed to the virus or if you’re worried about their health. If you believe you’ve been exposed to coronavirus and are symptomatic, contact your physician immediately.