Here are some top tips from some of the UK’s pet charities and experts.
- There is no evidence that pets can get sick from Covid-19.
- Just like human hands, pet fur could carry the virus from one person to another.
- Wash hands well with soap and water after touching any pets or their belongings and avoid pet kisses – them and you!
- If your pet is sick or injured call your vet before going to the surgery.
Practice social distancing
- Each person in the household can walk your dog once a day but…..
- Keep you and your dog at least two meters from others.
- Avoid contact with other people’s pets.
- Ensure you have your pet’s normal supplies for 14 days; make only essential trips to the pet shop.
If you are self isolating
- Think about how you can provide for your pet’s needs.
- Dogs can be let out into your garden, or just outside your home to toilet, but keep your distance from others and minimise outside contact.
- Can anyone else care for your pet if you are sick or in hospital?
- If your cat is used to staying in then keep them inside and clean their litter tray regularly. If an outdoor cat, try and minimise interactions with them.
Helping each other
- Can you safely help a vulnerable person in your community with their pet?
- Can you offer remote help to your local animal charity?
- Could you donate pet food to your local food bank?
- All animal charities will be impacted by this crisis – please consider donating to support their work.