COVID-19 and Pets

Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection.

Because there is a risk that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus to animals, CDC recommends that pet owners limit their pet’s interaction with people outside their household.

  • Keep cats indoors when possible and do not let them roam freely outside.
  • Walk dogs on a leash at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from others.
  • Avoid public places where a large number of people gather.
  • Do not put a mask on pets. Masks could harm your pet.

There is no evidence that the virus can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets. Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or other products, such as hand sanitizer, counter-cleaning wipes, or other industrial or surface cleaners. Talk to your veterinarian​ if you have questions about appropriate products for bathing or cleaning your pet​​.

Talk to your veterinarian if your pet gets sick or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.

Exposure to Coronavirus

According to the CDC, if you may have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus, please follow these guidelines:

  • People who are not displaying symptoms but who may have been in an indoor environment, with someone who had a diagnosed case of coronavirus, are advised to self-observe until 14 days after their last potential exposure. They should check their temperature before going to work.

  • People, who are not displaying symptoms, but had prolonged contact with a person with a confirmed coronavirus infection, should limit public activities. Additionally, it’s recommended that they self-quarantine for 14 days.

  • We do ask that if you or someone in your home is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, please let us know so we can work with you to avoid contact.

We want everyone to be safe so please let us know if there is anything we can do to accommodate your service needs during this time.

 

Make a preparedness plan for your pets:

  • Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone becomes ill or is hospitalized.
  • Research boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet is needed.
  • Have crates, food, and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case moving them becomes necessary, or if the disease speads in the community and it becomes necessary to reduce social exposure.
  • All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary. Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions.
  • Pets should have identification including a collar with current identification tags, rabies tag and license*, and a registered microchip.

Be Safe, Take Care

Iris at barktwain.com

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