Health First Provides Advice On How to Keep Your Pets Safe During COVID-19 Crisis
By Space Coast Daily // April 17, 2020
During these uncertain times, it is recommended to also come up with a proactive plan to protect our pets
According to the American Humane Society, there are many things you can do to protect your pet’s health and well-being during the COVID-19 threat
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – While there is a lot to think about these days regarding planning for the people we love, we need to be sure to think about our pets as well.
During these uncertain times, it is recommended to also come up with a proactive plan to protect our pets.
According to the American Humane Society, there are many things you can do to protect your pet’s health and well-being.
• First and foremost, please know there is no evidence people can get COVID-19 from pets. If you become sick but can still take care of your pet, please stay home with them.
• Have a plan in the event you become hospitalized or too sick to care for your pet. Talk with your neighbors, family members, friends or co-workers to see if they could temporarily take care of your animals. Boarding facilities may also be able to help—but do your research ahead of time.
• You should also be sure to prepare a pet supply kit. While it may never be necessary, having all of the supplies needed will be helpful in the event you ever find yourself in an emergency situation.
Items in your kit should include the following:
• Name and contact information for who can help with your pet (and a backup person in case the original person is not available)
• Daily care instructions
• Food and treats (for up to two weeks)
• A leash (and harness if needed)
• Blankets, a bed and toys
• A crate or carrier for transportation
• Vaccination records
• Information about your veterinary clinic
• Collars with ID tags
• Medications and prescriptions
If you are worried for any reason about your pet’s health, contact your veterinarian.
If you have any questions about your own symptoms or health, please reach out to your healthcare provider or call our Centralized Scheduling office at 321-434-3131 for more information and to see if you can schedule a Virtual Visit.
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