Even though the World Health Organization (WHO) says that dogs and cats cannot spread the Coronavirus or contract COVID-19, the ASPCA suggests that there are still things pet owners can do to keep their pets safe during these uncertain times.

  • Washing your hands often is not only a good practice in general, but the ASPCA says it is also a recommended practice when it comes to handling and feeding your pet.
  • The ASPCA says that "while there have not been any reports of companion animals becoming sick from the virus, it is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 limit contact with companion animals until more information is available."
  • While you're stocking up on hand sanitizer and toilet paper, you should also be stocking up on supplies for your pets.  The ASPCA suggests that your pet "emergency kit should include a 30-day supply of your pets' medications, as well as at least two weeks' worth of food and other supplies, like litter."
  • Ask a friend or family member to be an emergency caregiver in case you become ill and cannot care for your pet yourself. Also, make a list for that friend that includes things like medicines your pet takes, the type of food he or she eats, etc.

For more info, visit the ASPCA online here.


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