COVID-19 & Your Pets

Tips on Coronavirus and Your Pet

According to a recent KHOU article, “There is currently no evidence that animals, including pets, can be infected with the coronavirus, and no evidence that animals can even spread the virus.”

However, there are still precautions to take if you do become ill and have pets at home. Per the article:

  • Maintain separation and avoid direct contact with pets and other animals, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Try to make alternative arrangements for someone to look after pets in case you become ill.
  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a face mask.

Service animals should be permitted to remain with their handlers

Pet owners should always have a “pet preparedness plan” in case of emergencies. That includes:

  • Make sure you have enough food and product to care for pets’ needs.
  • Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if you or someone in your house becomes ill.
  • Have crates, food and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets.
  • Keep all animal vaccines up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
  • Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Including the prescription from your veterinarian is also helpful.
  • Have an identification collar for your pet: collar with an ID tag and microchip


NACA Statement on Essential Animal Services During COVID-19

NACA released a statement asserting that animal services should be considered essential public service, and therefore both animal control and shelter operations should continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, NACA has received requests for more information and clarification about what services may and may not be considered essential. Click here to learn more.