What pet owners can do to keep themselves and their pets safe during COVID-19

COVID-19 is in the family of coronaviruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to severe respiratory diseases. COVID-19 is spread from person to person which is why social distancing and quarantining is vital to our safety. A LOT of information is circulating regarding the virus. It is imperative to only refer to reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionthe Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health for up-to-date and accurate information.

At this time, it is believed that pets are not at risk of contracting COVID-19. It is recommended that people confirmed with the COVID-19 virus should avoid contact with other people and pets as it is a rapidly evolving situation. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has more information on this here.

If you or a loved one becomes ill, it is essential to have a plan in place for your pets. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Identify friends, family members, or a pet-service that may be able to care for your pet(s) should you or someone in your household become ill.
  2. Have extra food, medication, and essentials such as a crate and pet dishes on hand for quick movement of pets. 
  3. Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Include the prescription from your veterinarian.
  4. Pets should have identification: collar with ID tag and microchip.

This pandemic may cause a financially trying time for your household. Consider the following resources if needed: 

  1. People and Pets Together Veterinary Care Resources
  2. Pet Food Bank Finder

Remeber to reach out to your community if you need help. If you need ideas on where to get started, please email us at info@ruffstartrescue.org.

Are you dealing with bored puppers and crazy kitties during COVID-19?

Dog playing tug-of-war

Check out the following articles for ideas on keeping your pets entertained:

Sidewalk Dog: COVID-19 With Your Dog

Entertainment for Cats: 5 Ways to Keep Kitty Happy

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