Tuesday, April 21, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
April 21, 2020
From Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
During New York's lock down, at least we can have our pets for comfort. It’s important to keep pets healthy, entertained and to be prepared in case you or a family member becomes sick.
1. Prepare a pet readiness kit.
Gathering a few pet essentials is a great way to be ready for the unexpected. A pet readiness kit will ensure that at a moment’s notice, you’ll have everything ready for someone to care for your pet. These essential items include:
One month of food and medication
Food and water bowls
Vet contact info and medical records
The location and phone number of the nearest emergency vet clinic
Daily routine and habits
Pet insurance information
Treats and toys
Extra collar and leash
Clean cloth or towel
Cat parents: Don’t forget the cat litter!
2. Assign an emergency pet guardian.
Ask someone in your household, a friend or family member to be your pet’s guardian in the event that you become sick. Fill them in on any necessary information and where to locate your pet readiness kit. For guardians who are not used to having pets, share this handy pet-poison-guide. If you have pet insurance, make sure your provider has your assigned guardian noted in your file, and have documents organized to submit a claim.
3. Restrict physical contact with pets if you don’t feel well.
If you show signs or have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, you should discontinue any contact with everyone, including your pets. You may be wondering, can my dog catch COVID-19? While there has been one instance of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. The CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.While there have been no reports of this illness spreading to pets, limiting contact will help ensure that both you and your pets stay healthy.
4. Keep your pet entertained.
Dogs and cats get bored just like us. While our increased presence may delight your pet, be sure to give them the attention and affection they need to be happy and healthy.
Global Property Systems says: Stay home safe.
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