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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
Self-isolating households

Self-isolating households

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:

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