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Pets and COVID-19

Pets and COVID-19

Caring For Owned Pets During COVID-19

  • Please make sure pets are wearing a collar with an accurate ID tag and ensure their microchip registration is up to date, including your emergency contact(s)
  • Have up to 2 months of food, litter, medication and other supplies on hand, as well as a crate or carrier should moving your pet become necessary
  • Document your animal’s medications, veterinarian and other relevant information should anyone else need to take over their care
  • Identify a trusted family member, friend, neighbor or pet sitter who can care for your pet if you become ill or are hospitalized

By creating a preparedness plan ahead of time for the unlikely event it becomes necessary to put into motion, community members can do their part to ensure DCHS and other area animal service resources do not become overwhelmed and spare your pet from unnecessary stress.

Questions we will ask if you must surrender a pet:

  • Have you traveled to an area where coronavirus is spreading within the past 14 days. This includes both international travel to Level 2 and 3 countries with widespread illness and domestic travel to states with community transmission. The CDC updates this information daily.
  • Have you had direct contact with anyone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19 or visited a high risk area within the past 14 days.
  • Do you have a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. (This includes older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions).
  • Do you feel sick, do you have a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing or have you had any flu-like symptoms within the past 14 days.

Further Resources

Outagamie County Public Health: www.outagamie.org/government/health-human-services/public-health

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019