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The Vinton County Dog Pound recently released a statement in regards to pet care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who will care for your pet?

“While it’s not fun to imagine, now is an important time to create a plan for your pet in case you get sick,” the Vinton County Dog Pound wrote.

If you do become too ill to physically care for your pet or you need to be hospitalized, who can take over for you? The Vinton County Dog Pound suggested speaking with relatives, friends and neighbors about caring for your animal in the case of an emergency and creating a list of care procedures for your pet.

Preparing a pet supply kit

The Vinton County Dog Pound also suggested creating a “kit” for your animals. Your kit should include the following, as best as you’re able:

  • Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
  • Name and contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help
  • Food, treats, a leash, a couple of toys and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
  • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
  • Vaccination records
  • Collars with ID tags and County License (and don’t forget to make sure your pet’s microchip information is up to date)
  • Medications and prescriptions, along with a list of instructions
  • Daily care instructions
  • Contact information for your veterinary clinic
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