General information on animals and COVID-19

There is no evidence of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) circulating in pets or other animals. There is nothing to suggest pets may transmit the disease to humans.

In line with the Public Health Wales general advice on COVID-19, you should wash your hands regularly and before and after you come into contact with animals or pets.

It is possible that the coat and face of pets could be contaminated with virus shed by people, for a short time, just as other surfaces can be.

The measures being taken to control COVID-19 are subject to change, possibly frequently, so do please keep yourself updated with the latest advice and instructions.

Advice on walking your dog

Given the new restrictions on people’s movements which came into force on 23rd March 2020, we suggest you walk your dog, on a lead, while getting your daily exercise. (Remember you must keep at least 2 metres apart from other people).

Advice for pet owners who are in high risk groups and self-isolating

You must follow the current Public Health Wales guidance on self and household isolation. This advice may change so please consult their website.

If your dog cannot exercise at home, you may be able to get someone to walk it for you, but this must be as part of their once daily, outside exercise allowance, not in addition to it.

Advice for those walking pets on behalf of someone not able to

This can only be done within your once a day outside exercise allowance. If you are walking a pet on behalf of someone who is unable to, you should wash your hands before and after handling that pet. You should try to walk the pet on a lead at all times and avoid direct contact with other people and animals. You should safely hand over a pet at the front door or hallway and avoid contact with the pet’s owner.

If you are walking a pet from a household that is showing symptoms of the virus, you should make sure that the pet does not mix with animals from other households.

What to do if your pet is ill and needs veterinary attention

If your pet is injured, sick or needs to receive urgent treatment, phone the vet to arrange the best approach to meet your pet’s needs. Make specific arrangements before visiting any vet to minimise any risks of possible virus transmission.

Routine visits to vets, such as for annual vaccination boosters should not be made at this time.

welsh government : Coronavirus (COVID-19) website