If you are self-isolating you should ensure that all animals you are responsible for continue to be cared for.
Where possible, you should make arrangements in advance with friends, family or neighbours, which can be put in place if the need arises.
There is limited evidence 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.
It is recommended that those who have COVID-19, or are displaying symptoms, adopt strict hygiene measures when handling their pets.
If you are self-isolating and need help caring for animals
If you are too unwell to care for your animals and do not have anyone nearby who can help, for further advice and support please phone:
- for pets and companion animals – the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999 or https://www.scottishspca.org/news/coronavirus-and-your-pet
- for livestock – the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution on 0300 111 4166 (7 am - 11 pm) or online at https://rsabi.org.uk