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Department of Agriculture Offers Advice for Pet Owners Amid COVID-19 Restrictions

In the light of COVID-19 concerns, the Department of Agriculture encourages animal boarding facilities and shelters to stay open and continue their critical services at this time.

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.