We urge pet owners to have a plan in place for your beloved companion animals in the wake of COVID-19. Though this illness has been fatal for some community members, countless residents may experience a hospital stay, potentially leaving untold numbers of companion animals needing care.

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, co-worker or family member who could take them in? Come up with a potential pet plan and talk directly with those people so they’re prepared in case they’re called to action.

Prepare a pet supply kit. 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)
  • Medications and prescriptions, along with a list of instructions
  • Daily care instructions
  • Contact information for your veterinary clinic. If it’s PAC, please keep in mind that we’re doing essential care only and can be reached at 610-566-1370 x 217 or by text at 610-566-1370 from Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 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.

With your whole family on board and a plan in place, you’ll feel better about your pet’s safety knowing they’re in good hands no matter what challenges may arise. In addition, keeping area animal shelters free of long-term care animals allows them to be better prepared for the onset of kitten season, stray pets and animal care cases that require immediate attention.

If you’re struggling with your pet – whether that be feeding, boarding or behaviorally, contact us for resources and to see how we can help. Stay tuned next week for PAC’s virtual help desk!