You may not want to think about your chances of becoming ill from COVID-19 but now is the time to plan in the unfortunate event that you or your family does become sick. Along with other shelters, we are suggesting you have a plan in place for not only yourself, but your pets.
1. Know the facts: According to the CDC, there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you aren’t feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they’re most comfortable.
2. If you do become too ill to physically care for your pet or you need to be hospitalized, who can take over for you? Is there anyone else in your home who could help? Maybe a neighbor, friend, coworker, or family member who could take them in? Even a groomer, daycare, or boarding facility may be able to help in your time of need with advance notice. But the most important thing you can do today is come up with two potential pet plans and talk directly with those people so they’re prepared in case they’re called to action.
3. Prepare a pet supply kit. It may not seem necessary today, but we promise it will be hugely helpful if you find yourself in an emergency situation without the ability to track down the proper supplies. Your kit should include the following, as best as you’re able:
- Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
- Name and contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help
- Food, treats, a leash, a couple of toys, and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
- A crate or carrier to transport your pet
- Vaccination records
- Collars with ID tags (and don’t forget to make sure your pet’s microchip information is up to date)
- Daily care instructions that include feeding and potty routines, medications with dosing instructions, and situations when the caretaker should contact your veterinarian
- Contact information for your veterinary clinic
With your whole family on board and a plan in place, you’ll feel a little better about your pet’s safety knowing they’re in good hands in case of emergency.
For more information on the COVID-19 response at SPCA Tampa Bay,
please visit http://spcatampabay.org/covid-19/.
Thanks to Wisconsin Humane Society for offering to share their content with us.
Together we are keeping our animals and the community safe. #ForAllStrong