COVID-19 & Pets: What You Should Know

Experts say there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected with the novel coronavirus, but there are still things to be cautious about, and people should prepare for their pets’ care during an emergency.


  • When handling and caring for animals, basic hygienic precautions should always be implemented. This includes hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking, or sharing food.
  • Include your pets in your family’s emergency preparedness planning. 
  • It is recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 limit contact with companion and other animals until more information is known about the virus.
  • If you are still concerned or notice a change in your pet, speak to a veterinarian. 
  • If you think your pet is sick, or if your pet becomes injured, call the veterinarian before you bring your pet in. Several veterinary practices have implemented increased safety precautions. For the safety of you and your pet, it's best you're aware of these procedures before you come in.
  • And the most important protection of all: under no circumstances should you abandon your dogs, cats, or other pets because of COVID-19 fears.

A pet emergency kit should also be kept on site. The kits should be kept in a waterproof container.

Here is a list of what should be included in your pet's emergency kit: