Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH strongly recommends taking the following actions:
For pet owners:
- Practice everyday preventive actions to stay health
y around your pets. At this point there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.
- Identify backup caretakers for pets in the event you are confirmed to have COVID-19.
- Wear a well-fitted mask and limit interaction with pets and other animals if you are confirmed to have COVID-19 and identified by public health officials as requiring home care and isolation. Service animals should be permitted to stay with their handlers.
- Implement practical measures to protect yourself, your family, or pets from this or any other contagious respiratory illness.
- While there is no vaccination against COVID-19, always vaccinate pets as recommended by your veterinarian to protect them from other diseases.
- Veterinarians are encouraged to postpone elective surgeries. Monitor the availability or personal protective equipment (PPE) and implement Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators.
- Communicate about COVID-19 with your staff. Share information about what is currently known about COVID-19, the potential for surge, and your facility’s preparedness plans.
- Counsel clients on disease prevention practices, including how to stay safe and healthy around pets and other animals.
- Post visual alerts (signs, posters) at entrances and in strategic places providing instruction on hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and cough etiquette. Ensure prevention supplies are available (tissues, waste receptacles, alcohol-based hand sanitizer).
- Double the frequency of and enhance environmental cleanings using EPA-approved disinfectants.
For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).