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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for animal owners

Published: 2 Oct 2020
Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 - 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

Given the current increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the community, the standard advice for self-isolation is to stay at home in your house, and this is the default position that should be followed.

You should make arrangements in advance with friends, family or neighbours, which can be put in place if the need arises, to ensure that all animals you are responsible for continue to be cared for.

There is limited evidence of companion or other animals becoming sick with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes 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, should restrict contact with pets and wash their hands thoroughly before and after interacting with their pet or feeding wildlife.

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: 2 Oct 2020 Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 -