If you have Coronavirus symptoms and your dog cannot exercise at home, you should ask someone outside of your household to walk your dog for you.

If you are showing no Coronavirus symptoms you may leave your house to exercise once a day and you should combine this with walking your dog.

All non-essential trips to vets should be avoided. For an essential trip, you must call the vet before going to see them.

Dog walking services are offered by Pawshake. Follow this link for more information.

Horses, livestock and other animals

If you have a horse in livery, you must not visit them whilst you are self-isolating. You should contact your yard manager or vet to make suitable welfare arrangements.

If you have livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, or any other types of livestock you should arrange for someone else who is not self-isolating to care for your animals.

Where this is not possible you should ensure the basic needs of your animals are met. You must make sure you wash your hands before and after handling your animals and ensure you remain 2 metres away from other people.

If you are too unwell to care for your animals and there is no one to help, you should call your local authority.

Advice for vets

Veterinary practices may remain open where necessary, however  in order to comply with the most recent government requirements, the number of clients  seen face-to-face should be kept to an absolute minimum.

Animals are only to be seen in emergencies, routine treatments, other than those essential to maintaining the future food supply chain, should not be carried out until further notice.

More Information

For more information on your pets during the Coronavirus pandemic please visit the RSPCAs frequently asked questions page.

For more information for vets please visit the RCVSs Covid-19 advice page.

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