COVID-19: Will your animal be safe in an emergency?

April 2, 2020

During the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to have a back-up plan to protect your animals.

People are self-isolating for the next few weeks to help halt the spread of COVID-19 whose rate of infection has soared in just a few days. In the face of adversity, it’s essential to be optimistic. But it’s also a good idea to have a plan in place—just in case.

The coronavirus can spread easily: symptoms may appear up to 14 days following contamination. With current uncertainties, it’s a good idea to prepare an emergency plan to ensure the safety and care of your companion animals should you be hospitalized or unable to look after them. Here are a few suggestions.

1. Be sure to have enough food for your companion animal for a 2-week period.

2. Ask for help! Call on a trusted friend or family member and ask them to commit to looking after your animal in emergency circumstances.

3. Be sure to have an adequate supply of your pet’s medications.

4. Write a point-by-point list of all the care that your animal needs.

None of these efforts will be a waste of time. Even in “regular” times, an emergency plan for the care of your pet is a good idea and one that will provide you with peace of mind.


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