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Pet Owners and Veterinarians – COVID-19 Checklist (Ohio Dept. of Health)

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.

For veterinarians:

  • 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).