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Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for animal owners

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The following advice provides basic information for pet owners and keepers of livestock on maintaining the welfare of their animals during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For more detailed information please visit the RSPCA website.

At the moment there's no evidence of coronavirus circulating in pets or other animals in the UK, and there's nothing to suggest animals may transmit the disease to humans. In line with general advice on fighting coronavirus, you should wash your hands regularly, including before and after contact with any animal.

If you may need support with your pet at this time, please contact the Help Boro hub.

Dogs

If you have symptoms of coronavirus and must remain at home for 7 days, or 14 days as a household

If your dog cannot exercise at home, you should ask someone outside of your household to walk your dog for you.

All non-essential trips to vets should be avoided. If your pet needs urgent treatment, you must phone the vet to arrange the best approach to meet your pet's needs.

If you do not have symptoms of coronavirus

You may leave your house to exercise once a day and you should combine this with walking your dog. In doing so, it's important that you minimise the time spent outside of the home and remain 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household.

All non-essential trips to vets should be avoided. If your pet needs urgent treatment, you may take them, but must remember to wash your hands and remain 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. You must call the vet before going to see them.

Advice for those walking dogs on behalf of someone not able to

You may also leave your house to provide care or help a vulnerable person. This includes walking a dog for someone who is unable to leave their house because they are self-isolating or being shielded. You should remember to wash your hands before and after handling the dog, and keep 2 metres away from other people and animals, including when handing over the dog to its owner.

General advice for all cat owners

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

All non-essential trips to vets should be avoided. If your pet needs urgent treatment, you may take them, but must remember to wash your hands and remain 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. You must call the vet before going to see them.

Horses, livestock, and other animals

If you have symptoms of coronavirus and must remain at home for 7 days, or 14 as a household

If you have a horse in livery, you must not visit them whilst you are self-isolating. You should contact your yard manager or vet to make suitable welfare arrangements.

If you have livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, or any other types of livestock, you should arrange for someone else who is not self-isolating to care for your animals.

Where this is not possible, you should ensure the basic needs of your animals are met. You must make sure you wash your hands before and after handling your animals, and ensure you remain 2 metres away from other people.

If you are too unwell to care for your animals and there is no one to help, you should call the council.

If you do not have symptoms of coronavirus

You may leave your house to exercise once a day, and you should combine this with leaving your house to provide care for your horse or livestock.

It is essential that you minimise the time spent outside of the home and remain 2 metres away from others. You should remember to wash your hands before and after contact with any animals.

If your horse needs urgent attention from a farrier

If your horse needs urgent attention from a farrier, you should phone the farrier to arrange the best approach to meet your horse's needs. You and the farrier must ensure that you keep 2 metres apart, and wash your hands before and after contact with the horse.

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