Advice for humans with animals during lockdown
The following advice provides details for humans owned by domestic animals and livestock on maintaining the welfare of the animals during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
There is no evidence of coronavirus circulating in domestic animals or other animals in the UK and there is nothing to suggest animals may transmit the disease to humans.
In line with current advice on fighting coronavirus, humans should wash their hands regularly, including before and after contact with animals.
Anyone with symptoms:
If your humans has coronavirus symptoms, they must remain at home for 7 days, or 14 days as a household.
All non-essential trips to vet/farrier should be avoided. If your pet needs urgent treatment, humans must phone the vet/farrier to discuss and arrange any required care.
Humans may leave their house to exercise once a day and dogs should be walked then too. In doing so, it is important that the time spent outside is minimised and remain 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household.
They could also ask someone outside of the household to walk dogs while they are self isolating.
Advice for humans walking dogs on behalf of someone unable to:
The human may walk a dog for someone who is unable to leave their house because they are self isolating or being shielded. The human should remember to wash their hands before and after handling each dog and keep 2 metres away from other people and animals, including when collecting/returning the dog to its human.
Where possible, try to use a fully licensed dog walker to walk your dog and ensure the dog is walked on lead at all times.
Your human should wash their hands before and after any contact with their cats.
Humans not self isolating can visit stables once a day to take care of their horse.
Any horses in livery may need to be also looked after by the yard manager or their allocated staff who should provide suitable welfare arrangements for the animals.
Where this is not possible your human should ensure the basic needs of the animals are met. They must make sure they wash their hands before and after handling any animals and ensure they remain 2 metres away from other humans.
Livestock and other animals:
For livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, or any other types of livestock humans that are self isolating should arrange for someone else who is not self-isolating to care for your animals.
Where this is not possible the human should ensure the basic needs of the animals are met. They must make sure they wash their hands before and after handling any animals and ensure they remain 2 metres away from other humans.
No help or support available:
If you are too unwell to care for your animals and there is no one else to help, you should call your local authority.