COVID-19 advice for people with animals

On 23 March the government, stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives with some businesses being required to close.

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) are leading the UK government response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Advice from central government is changing frequently, so we advise you to regularly check for updates which can be done by visiting www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

At all times, consideration MUST be given to the public health advice released by government and guidance relating to business closures issued by OPSS. Full guidance can be read by using the links below.

We aim to share on these pages the advice and guidance that has been published to assist you at this time if you have animals or care for animals as part of a business. Use the drop down menu below to read more.

Full guidance can be read at www.cfsg.org.uk.

People under self-isolation who are responsible for the care of any animals, including horses must ensure the animals continue to be cared for during the period of self-isolation.

There have not been any reports of companion or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 and currently there is no evidence that they play a significant role in this human disease.

When handling and caring for animals, good hygiene measures should always be implemented.

Dogs from self-isolating households should be kept on a lead and contact avoided with other people and animals if being walked in public.

Wherever possible arrangements should be made in advance with friends, family or neighbours that can be put in place should the need arise. (Source)

If it is not possible for a friend, neighbour or relative to look after your dog or cat, a full list of licensed boarding kennels and catteries within Amber Valley can be viewed at www.ambervalley.gov.uk/licensing/animal-welfare.

The RSPCA has produced guidance at www.rspca.org.uk/whatwedo/latest/news/details/-/articleName/rspca-urges-owners-to-make-a-pet-care-plan that can be downloaded and filled in by members of the public who have pets/animals.

The aim being they will approach family/friends/neighbours who can care for their pets if they are hospitalised. This poster should be displayed in a visible place, for example on the fridge, etc so that the emergency services can see plans have already been made for the animals.

Vets will continue to provide emergency services. You should contact your vet before travelling to check that a visit is essential and their arrangements for social distancing at the surgery. (source)

See advice from www.cfsg.org.uk on handover protocols for dog walking.

You should wash your hands before and after any contact with your cat. (source)

On maintaining the welfare of your animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be obtained by visiting www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals.

There is limited evidence that companion animals such as dogs and cats can be infected with COVID-19.

There is no evidence that animals are involved in the ongoing transmissions of COVID-19 to humans. (Source

See guidance from the government on working safely at www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19.

Is it an essential journey to travel to care for animals away from my home like relatives’ pets, horses in stables or animals in rescue centres.

Journeys to feed or provide other essential care for animals are acceptable.

These should be done in a way that follows the guidance on social distancing so that you do not come within 2 metres of people who are not part of your household and wash your hands after returning.

You should if possible, make arrangements to share the care of animals at stables etc and minimise the number of people who need to visit each day. (Source)

For dogs and cats if it is not possible for a friend, neighbour or relative to look after your dog or cat a full list of licensed boarding kennels and catteries within Amber Valley can be obtained viewed at www.ambervalley.gov.uk/licensing/animal-welfare.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841335 or email envhealth@ambervalley.gov.uk