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Covid-19 – What do the latest government measures mean for you and your pets?

The Coronavirus outbreak has thrown everyone’s world into a spin and during frightening and uncertain times like these, many of us are left with questions about our dependents and how we continue to care for them.

Most of us have emergency care plans in place for children and other human dependents, should we be taken ill. However, we don’t always remember to extend that precaution to our pets.

Pets are an important part of all our families, so NAWTs ‘Tails of the Unexpected’ care pack is designed to help you put an emergency care plan in place for your pets.

The short 2 page form provides a summary of your emergency contacts and the care plan you have put in place. The accompanying wallet-sized info card will ensure that if you are ever taken ill unexpectedly, the health service will be notified that you have a pet home alone and will be advised on what they need to do to activate your emergency care plan.

This guide to care options will help you to consider the best plan for your pet so that you can complete your form and enlist the right people to help you care for your pet in an emergency.

Find the full care pack here.

Helping others in the community

Apart from our own families, many of us are also concerned about members of our community, particularly the elderly, and how they will cope.

Elderly people with a pet reliant upon them for their care are likely to be feeling some anxiety about self-isolating and what it means for their pet, as well as what will happen to their pet if they get taken into hospital.

Do you have an elderly neighbour you’re concerned about? Here are a few of our tips to put their mind at ease and ensure both they and their pet stay safe and well during the Coronavirus outbreak:

  • Tell them about the ‘Tails of the Unexpected’ care pack and print them a copy to complete. If they are self-isolating and avoiding contact with others, simply put a pack through their letter box and arrange a place and time to collect their completed forms.
  • Check to see if they have enough food and other supplies, such as medication, for their pets and arrange a delivery of supplies to their door if they are running short.
  • Are they able to walk their dog at the moment? Consider whether you might be able to access their dog to walk them each day.

Whilst these are trying times for everyone, we and our pets can all pull through if we do our best to support one another.

Stay safe.

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