Milverton, Somerset

Coronavirus – have a plan for your pets

There’s a lot to think about during the Coronavirus crisis, but pet owners are being urged to plan ahead for their animal friends should they fall ill.

Whether furry, feathered or scaly; having a plan for how your animals will be looked after if you become unwell will make life easier if does happen.

It will also mean their welfare won’t be weighing on your mind when you’re making other important decisions.

Do you know what you need to do to keep your animals safe if an incident occurs? Do you have carriers or vehicles required to move them out of harm’s way? What would you need to look after them and could you access it quickly if you had to leave your home?

Guidance on what to think about and how to take sensible steps in advance can be found on the somerset prepared – animals prepared website.

Somerset Prepared is a partnership of all Somerset’s local authorities and other partners. Its animal emergency plan advice is endorsed by groups including the RSPCA, the National Animal Welfare Trust and Avon & Somerset Police.

Specific guidance is available for pets, horses and donkeys, and livestock. Top tips include:

  • Include any essential pet items in your grab bag, such as food, a lead and vaccination records
  • Ensure your animals are vaccinated. This is an essential requirement for many boarding centres
  • Consider friends, neighbours and relatives. Could they look after your pet if you couldn’t?