We know it's been an anxious time as we all prepare for COVID-19 to become more present in our counties, if it hasn't already. CAPE has been working hard to create a plan to protect our staff and their loved ones which also includes all companion animals.
Here's a small list of things that we recommend to ensure that the stress of caring for your companion animals during this time is minimal.
🙌🧼Wash Your Hands
There is no evidence to prove that this virus can be spread between species, but it's best to practice good hygiene after playing or snuggling with your companion animal. Washing your hands is the best defense.
🛒Stock Up On Supplies
With stores being inundated with sales, supplies have become more limited. Prepare by purchasing an extra 30 day supply so that you can be prepared. If your companion animal requires medication or any other supplies, we recommend stocking up on this as well.
📝Create A Plan
In case you have an emergency or become too ill to care for your companion, please prepare a plan of action. Designate a caregiver who your companion animal trusts and who can care for them for both a short or long term amount of time.
🧳Pack A Bag
In addition to designating a caregiver, put together a bag with any necessities (instructions, supplies, toys, etc.) to make an emergency situation less stressful on your companion animal. With the instructions, we recommend including any allergies or medical conditions, medications, behavior notes, food preferences and emergency contact info.
🚫Be Mindful of Chemicals
Some common disinfectants are toxic to animals. Make sure to read labels and research before using near your furry family members.
While you may be all settled in for some self-isolation, please also keep that in mind for your companion animal. While we know so many companion animals love all the snuggles they can get, we recommend steering clear of letting others interact with them. The germs that your companion animal can carry on their coats after being touched by others can be harmful to your household.
We’re sending all our love to you and your loved ones. 👉If there's anything that you are struggling to provide, contact us here or at firstname.lastname@example.org❤
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