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Pet Emergency Preparedness

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.