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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for animal owners

Published: 24 Jul 2020
Last updated: 27 Jul 2020 - see all updates

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on looking after the health and welfare of their animals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for animal owners
Vets, boarding kennels and catteries

Taking your pet to the vet

Vets will continue to provide emergency, and some other, services. You should contact your vet before travelling to check that a visit is essential and to ensure you understand the arrangements at the surgery.

Animal physiotherapy or hydrotherapy

Animal physiotherapy and hydrotherapy may take place either indoors or outdoors, provided physical distancing guidance can be adhered to. This would include:

  • remaining at least 2 metres from the owners of animals being treated
  • practicing good hygiene at all times, with cleaning of any equipment used before the next appointment, and with regular handwashing both before and after any contact

In an indoor setting, animals from no more than a single household may be treated together at a time.

Boarding kennels and catteries

Boarding kennels and catteries may operate normally, provided they follow the guidance on physical distancing for their staff and owners when animals arrive or are collected.


First published: 24 Jul 2020 Last updated: 27 Jul 2020 -