Understanding Pets & COVID-19
“At this point, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the virus” – Center for Disease Control
These are stressful times. It can be hard to know what news to trust, especially when it comes to our beloved pets. We at Michelson Found Animals trust health experts to lead us through the COVID-19 crisis and we encourage you to do the same.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association have issued advisories saying there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the virus. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.
The CDC does recommend pet owners practice good hygiene. Just like your phone, shoes and purse, pets can pick up germs anywhere they go. Good pet hygiene practices include:
- Washing your hands after interacting with or being around a pet
- Regular baths for your pets
- Wiping paws after walks outside
- Reconsidering your pet smooches for a little while
- And remember to confirm that your contact information is up to date in the Found Animals Registry! Click here to log in
- For more information on staying safe and healthy around animals, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.
Planning for Your Pets Should You Become Ill
- Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill.
- Have crates and a 30-day supply of food, litter and other supplies on hand for quick movement of pets.
- Compile all vet records, ensuring they are up-to-date on vaccines as well in the event boarding becomes necessary.
- Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Including the prescription from and contact information of your veterinarian.
- Pets should have identification: collar with ID tag and microchip.
How You Can Help
- Foster or adopt a pet with your local shelter to help ease the burden with fewer people visiting. A little fun four-legged company can also be a welcome distraction from things!
- If you have neighbors who are self-quarantined or otherwise in need of help, offer to walk their dog or take pets for routine visits. Be sure to follow the CDC’s guidance on interacting with quarantined individuals.
- Consider volunteering at your local shelter or rescue group to help support animals and staff members.
- Use social media channels like Facebook and Nextdoor.com to help return lost animals to their homes in order to ease the burden on local animal control officers.
- Consider fostering a stray animal in your home rather than taking the pet to a shelter.