Do You Have a Plan in Place for Your Pet?
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic we are facing, the Humane Society for Greater Nashua wants to remind everyone the importance of having a plan in place for your pet. Here are some tips on creating a preparedness plan for your pet:
Identify who can provide temporary care for your pet if you become ill and need to seek treatment.
We know that this is a difficult thing to think about, but if you or somebody in your household gets sick and are unable to care for your pet, it is important you have a plan for where your pet will go. Identify two people or organizations who can provide temporary care for your pet if need be. Be sure to ask them, and discuss the details so that if the need arises all parties involved are prepared.
In the event your pet needs to be boarded, it will be imperative they are up to date on their vaccinations. Double check your pets medical records, and if need be get an appointment so that if you do need to board your pet, you will be able to
Be prepared with a grab and go bag
Put together a grab and go bag, with all of the supplies your pet would need if they need to spend time living somewhere else temporarily. This should include:
- Your pet’s food and treats (be sure to include instructions including amount, and usual time of day you serve this) pack enough to last 2 weeks.
- Toys, bedding, leashes, etc. Anything you think your pet will need in order to be comfortable and feel as close to home as possible.
- Any medications your pet is on.
- Crate or carrier for transportation
- The list of information created with the below information –
Have your pet’s information readily available
Make sure that you have all of the information a temporary caretaker will need Create a list that includes:
- Your pet’s name, age, and type
- The name and contact information of the temporary caregivers who have previously agreed to care for your pet
- A list of all medications. Be sure this is documented with dosages and administering directions. Including the prescription from your veterinarian is also helpful.
- Vaccination records
- Name and contact information of your pet’s vet.
- Identification for your pet: Collar with i.d. Tag and up to date microchip information.
- Instructions for your pet’s daily care and routine
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. If you do not absolutely need to re home your pet, then don’t. If you aren’t feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they’re most comfortable.