Coronavirus: Prepare, Don't Panic

Coronavirus and Pets

Learn what YOU can do to prepare your family of pets and people for COVID-19.

For current guidance and news about COVID-19, refer to Multnomah County's website often: multco.us/covid19


What You Can Do For Your Pets

Have a Plan

Have a plan in place for your pets in an emergency if you are sick or require hospitalization. Who will care for them? Will they have enough food, medication, litter, or other necessary supplies?

To prepare

  • Identify a family member or friend who can care for your pet if their primary caretakers are ill. This is the most important thing you can do to prepare! Multnomah County Animal Services has limited capacity to care for stray animals, and emergency boarding is limited to referrals from hospital case workers for critical circumstances, as shelter capacity allows.
  • Have crates, food, and extra supplies on hand and ready to go for quick movement of pets.
  • Keep all animal vaccines up to date if emergency boarding becomes necessary.
  • Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Include veterinary prescriptions if possible.
  • Ensure all pets have identification — a collar with the pet license number, and tags with your contact numbers. Microchip your pet, and/or contact your microchip registry to ensure your information is current.

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 and Pets

Here is interim guidance sourced from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) based on what is currently known about COVID-19.

Is my pet at risk from the COVID-19 coronavirus, or will my pet infect me?

The CDC says that, at present, there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats will become a source of infection of COVID-19, nor is there evidence to support that animals such as dogs or cats can be infected with COVID-19.

(Source: CDC COVID-19 FAQ)

Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I'm sick with COVID-19?

You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.

(Source: CDC COVID-19 FAQ)