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What should you do with your pet if you contract COVID-19?

Advice from HSSA’s Medical Director and Veterinarian, Dr. Kathryn Halstead

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) encourages all pet owners to have an emergency plan in place for their pets. Below are recommendations for pet owners from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV):

  • Make sure you have a pet emergency kit prepared
  • Keep at least 2 weeks of your pet’s food and medications on-hand in case of home-quarantine
  • Keep your companion animals with you if you are self-quarantined
  • Designate a family member or friend to take care of walking, feeding and playing with your pet if you become ill
  • If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet while you are ill, wear a face mask; don’t share food, kiss or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with your pet or service animal
  • You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home
  • Keep cats inside

We at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona wish good health for you and your pets.

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