Department of Agriculture Offers Advice for Pet Owners Amid COVID-19 Restrictions
In the light of COVID-19 mitigation, it’s important to be prepared as a responsible pet owner for anything that may happen.
Pennsylvania pet owners have been offered the following advice:
- Appoint a family member or friend to care for your pet or pets in the event that you do become ill
- Prepare crates, food, and supplies on hand for quick movement of pets if it becomes necessary
- Make sure pet vaccines are up to date in case boarding becomes necessary
- Make sure you have proof of vaccines, as failure to provide such proof could result in your pet having to be vaccinated again
- Ensure all medications are documented thoroughly with doses and administering directions included (include prescription, and vet contact info as well)
- Make sure your pet has identification, ie: collar with license and rabies tag including owner info
- Place a list of pets in the home with descriptions and any pertinent info on the front door for first responders
Per the WHO and CDC, COVID-19 is not zoonotic and can neither be contracted nor transmitted by cats or dogs. Find more info and further resources here.