Our dogs are part of our family. None of us enjoy a crisis but we need to plan for them if COVID-19 impacts us. Part of that is to make sure we have plans for our beloved best friends. If for some reason we are unable to care for our Goldendoodle’s anymore we need to have a plan in place in the unforseen event we become to ill to.
Here are a few steps to prepare during these uncertain times.
1. Know The Facts About COVID-19
The CDC has many details posted on their site about pets and so far there is no evidence we can get COVID-19 from our pets. The Humane Society states the best place for your pet is in the home they know and love. If you become ill and are still able to care for your pet please stay at home and do so. The CDC however does state if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 it is best to limit your interaction with your pets as much as possible.
They state the following on their site if you become ill:
Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection.
Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals.
Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
There is a small number of animals around the world reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after having contact with a person with COVID-19. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet gets sick or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.
2. Identify Someone To Help If You Are Hospitalized
A close friend, neighbor, coworker or family member are first options. Someone your dog knows. Make sure they can temporarily take care of your Goldendoodle during this time. If that is not an option many boarding locations are open still and may be able to provide care. Make sure to talk to whoever it will be and maybe have an alternative also. Insure they know and are prepared in case you have to call on them to help.
3. Prepare Dog Go Bag
If it comes down to it you will want to have everything ready. It may seem unnecessary but in an emergency you may not have time for this. You need a Go Bag ready with supplies like dog food, medications, your veterinarian’s details, harness, leash, favorite toys, etc. Below is a list of some of the items to consider putting in your Dog’s Go Bag:
- Contact information for whoever will care for your dog
- Contact information for a back-up person
- Food and treats for 2 weeks
- A leash and harness
- Favorite toys, bed, and/or blankets
- Transportation crate or carrier
- Vaccination records
- Contact information for veterinarian
- Collars with ID tags
- Medications/prescriptions and instructions
- Daily care instructions as necessary
Amazon has a whole lot of Dog Go Bag options here.
What if my pet is showing symptoms of illness?
Contact your veterinarian if you suspect that your pet has been exposed to the virus or if you’re worried about their health. If you believe you’ve been exposed to coronavirus and are symptomatic, contact your physician immediately. According to the CDC do not go to the veterinarian, instead call them ahead. Here is the direct details from the CDC site:
If you are sick with COVID-19 and your pet becomes sick, do not take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself. Call your veterinarian and let them know you have been sick with COVID-19. Some veterinarians may offer telemedicine consultations or other plans for seeing sick pets. Your veterinarian can evaluate your pet and determine the next steps for your pet’s treatment and care.