CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND YOUR PETS
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association—an association representing more than 200,000 veterinarians—there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected or spread Coronavirus. To date, the CDC has not received any reports of dogs and cats or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. However, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption joins the Humane Society of the United States and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement in suggesting community members create a preparedness plan that includes their pets in the event community is impacted by the Coronavirus. Individuals with pets should identify family members or friends to care for pets if someone in the household comes ill and is hospitalized.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AS A PET PARENT
- As with any uncertain event, take some time NOW to make plans and prepare your pet:
- Designate a trusted pet caregiver! Have a plan in place for your pet in case you or someone in your family becomes ill or is hospitalized.
- Arrange with family, friends, co-workers or neighbors to care for your pet while you are in the hospital.
- Research potential boarding facilities in your area to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
- All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
- Have crates, food, water and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case moving them becomes necessary or if the disease spreads in the community and it becomes necessary to reduce social exposure.
- If you have a cat, have extra litter on hand
- If your pet is on medication, ask your veterinarian for an extra supply in case you cannot drive to the veterinary clinic
- Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful.
- Pets should have identification including a collar with current identification tags and a registered microchip.
- If you do not have a yard, be sure to have extra cleaning products and newspaper/puppy pads on hand if you cannot leave your home to walk your dog.
DO NOT BRING YOUR PET TO THE SHELTER!
IF YOU BECOME SICK:
- Avoid close contact with your pets
- Wash your hands BEFORE touching or feeding your pets
- DO NOT snuggle or kiss your pets or let them sleep on the bed or lie on the couch with you
- DO NOT cough or sneeze on your dog or cat
- DO NOT let your pets have contact with other animals or people
- If you are hospitalized, move forward with the plans you made for your pets by ensuring that your designated caregiver has been notified and is taking care of them. DO NOT HAVE YOUR PETS BROUGHT TO THE SHELTER!