During this current health crisis, we are very lucky to enjoy the company of our four-legged, furry friends (and they’re lucky to have us home and all to themselves). However, it’s important to stay updated on all safety measures and recommendations. Here are some tips on COVID-19 preparation and awareness and how it concerns our family pets.
Care and Interaction
As we navigate the new ways we should interact with one another, we need to evaluate the ways we should interact with our pets, as well. The CDC has published the following:
“In the United States, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.”
These healthy habits include the following:
- Washing hands after handling animals or their waste
- Cleaning up properly after pets
- Taking your pet to the vet if they become sick
Just like we stock up on essential needs for our families, we should do the same for our pets. The CDC recommends putting together an emergency kit for family pets. Here are some items to help get you started:
- Pet carrier with name and contact information clearly visible
- At least 2 weeks’ worth of food and water per pet
- Cat litter box and litter
- Plastic bags for picking up pet waste
- At least 2 weeks’ worth of medications
- Medical records in case of emergency
- Microchip number/information
- Collars, leashes, and harnesses
What If My Pet Becomes Sick?
As previously stated, The CDC has seen no evidence that animals in the United States might be a source of COVID-19; however, if you become sick with coronavirus, you must adopt important strategies. Contact with your pet should be very limited should you contract COVID-19 as we continue to learn more information about the virus. If it’s possible, you should have a healthy member of your household take care of your pet while you are recovering. You can ensure the safety of yourself and your pet by avoiding petting, snuggling, playing, and handling their food and water bowls or toys. If it’s impossible for another person to take care of your pet, be sure to keep contact to a minimum and always wash your hands before and after interacting with them.
It’s important that we keep our furry family members safe and sound as we continue to fight the spread of disease.