Recommendations include using screening questions to help assess risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19, following social distancing protocols when possible, and practicing strict biosecurity and good hygiene, among others.
Interim recommendations for shelter intake
In preparation for an expected increase in COVID-19 cases, animal service agencies are collaborating with public health departments to support companion animals, including both working animals and pets, of people who require hospitalization and don't have family or friends who can care for the animals.
The new interim recommendations for intake of companion animals from households where humans with COVID-19 are present were developed to facilitate preparedness and establish practices that can help people and companion animals stay safe and healthy.
The recommendations were developed in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program, Association of Shelter Veterinarians, University of California-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 One Health Team.
COVID-19 guidance for the veterinary community
The new resources join a wide range of other guidance and practical tools that veterinarians and veterinary teams can use to address issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Others include considerations for mobile and house call veterinarians, information about using and conserving personal protective equipment (PPE), details on how federal relief measures affect veterinarians and veterinary practices, FAQs, and more. All can be found at avma.org/Coronavirus.