What will your pet need if you self-isolate?

What will your pet need if you self-isolate?

Planning ahead for a potential short isolation period is much better than panicking should one be enforced. The team at Pilgrims Veterinary Practice have come up with a list of things your pet will need to help you plan ahead should you need to self-isolate or you are diagnosed with coronavirus.

If at all possible, arrange for another person to care for your dog or cat, until you’re able to return to normal. It would be a good idea to write a list of your pets routine and feeding requirements etc in case you need to hand your pet over to someone else.

Always adopt good hygiene practices, which includes washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after touching your dog or cat, or their food, toys or bedding.


Cats will still need access outdoors or to a clean litter tray, and outdoor cats can go in and out as normal, as long as you are adhering to the hygiene practices above.


You won’t be able to take your dog beyond your house or garden for exercise. However, there are lots of ways to keep your dog happy and healthy without going for walks, by replacing exercise with other activities such as playing with them or teaching them a new trick.

Make sure your dog gets regular access to the garden, or just outside your house, to go to the toilet.


Rabbits, small furries and reptiles will need their enclosures keeping clean to avoid any unwanted parasite infestations.


If you have your horses at home make sure you have a nominated person who can take care of them if necessary. If you have to travel to care for them make sure you keep a 2 metre distance from other people. It might be worth considering staggering the times that you visit to minimise the number of people coming into contact with each other.

If you have any worries about your pet’s health during self-isolation call us for advice, but please do not visit the surgery in person.

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