LA Animal Services Shares Update on Dogs and COVID-19

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Agnes Sibal-von Debschitz, (213) 482-9512 or
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LA Animal Services Shares Update on Dogs and COVID-19

Los Angeles,March 13, 2020 –  The spread of COVID-19 has prompted concerns whether dogs can contract or spread the coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, there have been no reported cases of coronavirus in domestic animals; and according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.

Just like your family emergency plan, you do need a plan for your pets if you test positive and get sick with COVID-19. Here’s what you should know and do:

  • Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill.
  • Be ready to relocate pets if necessary by having crates, food and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets.
  • Make sure all animal vaccines up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
  • Keep all medications documented with dosages and administering directions. Including the prescription from your veterinarian.
  • Update your microchip information, make sure all pets have an ID tag on their collar and, for dogs, preferably a City of Los Angeles dog license tag. 

Does your workplace have a telecommuting plan? If yes, what’s even better than working from home? Working with a friend!

If your workplace allows you to telecommute, please consider fostering or adopting a pet in need.

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Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six services centers serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety, and welfare of animals and people. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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