If you become ill it is best to immediately follow all public health recommendations, which includes avoiding close contact with your pets.
If this is not possible, wash your hands before and after touching your pet, their food, and any supplies. Also be sure to cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, away from your pet.
If possible, it is best to have a plan in place for another member of your household or a trusted pet-sitter to take over primary care for your pet. Make sure to confirm with your pet-sitter in advance that they will have access to your home if needed, know where to find supplies, and understand any specialized care needs. You should have an emergency kit prepared with the following:
- At least two weeks worth of pet supplies, including food and medications
- Contact information for your veterinarian in case your pet becomes ill or injured
- An emergency pet caregiving agreement (an example can be downloaded here, courtesy of RedRover)
Other recommendations include seeking a kennel or temporary boarding facility in your local community. Some emergency boarding providers are included in the resource links below.
Sources: AVMA, Government of Canada
Also see our Emergency Preparedness with Pets section below…