COVID-19: Planning for a Pet Emergency

As we continue to closely monitor COVID-19 developments, DoveLewis is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of pets and their owners. A pet's first line of defense during times like these is a well-prepared owner. We encourage pet owners to take the necessary precautions and begin to incorporate pets into your preparedness plans to keep your entire family, pets included, healthy.

COVID-19: What to Know Before Visiting DoveLewis

Planning for a Pet Emergency

  • Emergency Care Contact: If your pet needs emergency care, and you currently have symptoms of respiratory illness, please designate another healthy family member or friend to bring your pet to DoveLewis. If you have respiratory symptoms and must bring your pet yourself, please call our main line before exiting your car so we can facilitate a safe transfer of your pet to our care. Learn More About Visiting DoveLewis During COVID-19 Precautions. 

  • Veterinary Availability: Research nearby emergency veterinary hospitals and their current hours. DoveLewis is open 24 hours a day and is located at 1945 NW Pettygrove St., Portland, Oregon 97209.
  • Pet Food and Medication: Evaluate your current stock of pet food and medication to ensure your pet’s wellbeing in case you are unable to leave your house or your local pet food store or clinic adjusts its hours.
  • Home Environment: An altered schedule at home can cause stress to manifest in a variety of ways, including vomiting and gastrointestinal issues. Create a “safe, quiet zone” for your pets where they can relax and adjust to the new routine.
  • Identification: Any time a pet’s routine is changed dramatically, it can cause stress and increase the risk of flight. Make sure your pet’s tags and microchips are up to date. 
  • Stay Up-to-Date: According to the CDC, there is no current reason to believe that pets will become ill or spread COVID-19, but it’s important to stay up-to-date on recent findings for the sake of people and pets both
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