Coronavirus Small Animal Advice

It is a good idea to ensure you have enough supplies for your small animal family just in case you have to isolate.

Created: 3/23/2020 Updated: 8/3/2021 - Shelley Simmons

COVID-19, diet, health, rabbits, small pet

Remember that if you are isolated or self-isolating this may be for a minimum of 14 days. Therefore, it is a good idea to ensure you have enough supplies for your small animal family.

Where possible, weigh out what food you have remaining to see how much supply you currently have. Always ensure you have a minimum of 2 weeks’ supply; this allows time for re-ordering and delivery.

Ensure you have enough supplies of bedding materials, hay and supplements, together with any toys they may need to help keep them stimulated.

Always ensure your small animal friends have access to fresh water.

If you are self-isolating, or prefer not to come into contact with anyone, your OSCAR Nutritional Advisor or delivery driver can leave your delivery in an agreed safe place. Payment can be arranged by telephone – so no cash needs to cross hands.

Grey rabbit on the grass


If your pet takes regular medication, you will need to make sure that you have an adequate supply in case of isolation. Always call your veterinary practice first and don’t just turn up. You may be required to ask someone else to collect and deliver for you.

Asking for help

Ensure you have made arrangements for a family member, friend or neighbour to look after your small animal friends in case you are unable to do so.

Contact your OSCAR Nutritional Advisor, or OSCAR Direct, to help provide you with your small animal supplies – including bird feed and feeders for those who feed birds in the garden.

If you have any concerns about your small animal friends during this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to call the Free OSCAR Helpline on 0800 195 8000 for any Nutritional, Behavioural or Veterinary advice.

Pair of rats curled up together

Essentials for an emergency box for your small animals:

1.Minimum supply of 2 weeks’ worth of food and treats.

2.Medications if required

3.Supply of bedding materials, hay, supplements (where required) and toys

4.Pet first-aid booklet and pet first-aid kit

5.Pet Dossier

Creating a pet dossier, in case somebody else has to look after your dog or your dog requires hospitalisation, is really useful. Information can include:

  • Veterinary Practice contact details

  • Vaccination and medical records

  • Identichip information

  • Food habits and preferences (including any specific dietary requirements)

  • General habits and favourite toys

  • Any specific behaviour concerns

Do you need further advice?

If you need any further advice, please contact the OSCAR Helpline Team on our freephone number 0800 195 8000 or email