How Should Pet Owners Prepare for COVID-19?
According to the CDC, there is no reason to think that any animals, including pets in the United States, might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. It’s important to know that, to date, there have not been any cases of dogs or cats becoming sick with coronavirus, COVID-19. There is also no evidence of people catching the virus from companion animals. However, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.
LHS encourages all pet owners to have an emergency plan in place for their pets.
- Identify a trusted family member, friend or pet sitter who can care for your pet if you become ill or are hospitalized.
- Make sure pets are wearing proper identification
- Have crates and extra food or supplies on hand
- Keep all vaccinations up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary
- Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Have a written prescription from your veterinarian available.
Pets are presently neither a risk or at risk. Do NOT abandon them.