Can My Pet Get The Coronavirus?

Updated: Apr 26

LAST UPDATED: 4/26/2020



It almost feels as if the entire world is temporarily closing due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It's all you see on social media and in the news.


As most of the nation and world is practicing social distancing and self-quarantine, I've seen a growing concern in our pet community regarding the safety of their beloved pets.


As a pet parent, you might be worried and asking yourself, "Can my dog or cat catch or spread the coronavirus?"


Can My Dog Or Cat Catch The Coronavirus?


According to CDC:


"We don’t know for sure which animals can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC is aware of a small number of pets, including dogs and cats, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19." " - CDC.gov

Can Pets Spread the Coronavirus to humans?


The World Health Organization has this to say:


"Several dogs and cats (domestic cats and a tiger) in contact with infected humans have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, ferrets appear to be susceptible to the infection. In experimental conditions, both cats and ferrets were able to transmit infection to other animals of the same species, but there is no evidence that these animals can transmit the disease to human and play a role in spreading COVID-19." - World Health Organization

What should I do if I suspect my pet might have coronavirus?

Contact your veterinarian immediately. It is recommended that you do NOT take your pet to the clinic without talking to the vet beforehand.


Things you can do to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19):



  • Practice social distancing & stay at home whenever possible

  • If you have to be around other people, limit your distance- keep at least 6 ft away

  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds (follow up with lotion to prevent cracking of skin)

  • Don't touch your face

  • If you must sneeze or cough, do it into your sleeve

  • Disinfect your living spaces

  • Don't share drinking glasses etc with other people

  • Work from home if that is an option

  • If you think you may have been around someone who has the virus, get yourself tested

We wish you and your family good health. We will all get through this difficult time together.


The Paw Love Barker- A Pet Parenting Blog

February 28, 2019

Nothing gets a pet parent's heart racing like the realization that their pet may be missing. Here are the steps to take if your pet is lost in Virginia Beach.

February 8, 2019

Yappy Valentine's Day! 

If you treat your pups like royalty like I do, you might have pup friendly Valentine's treats on your mind right now.


I am a huge fan of treating my dogs. Mostly because they're adorable, perfect, and their eyes demand it.

But I am not a fan of giving them treats with ingredients that I cannot pronounce. If I wouldn't feel comfortable eating it myself, I won't give it to my dogs. Penny is now what you mig...

January 17, 2019

It happens nearly every morning.

The morning light starts to trickle into my window. I try to keep my eyes shut tight. Just a few more minutes, please... That's all I need...

My alarm goes off.

Only it's my puppy dogs crawling all over my face, giving me kisses and rolling around on top of me. In the midst of craziness, I get showered with dog sneezes. 

"Mom, it's time to get up! Time for our morning walk." 

Or sometime...

December 6, 2018

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... Paw prints everywhere.... " 

I admit, I tend to go a little crazy buying gifts for my furbabes. They often have more stuff under the tree than we do! 


I know I'm not the only one. So while shopping for my pets, I've compiled a list of some of my top favorite pet gifts from interactive puzzle toys to engage your dog's mind to cool pet tech gadgets! There's something for everyone he...

November 15, 2018

To many Americans, the holidays mean time spent with family & friends, shopping, and food. It's that time of year where you feel so full and happy that you may want to give your pal a doggy feast of their own. 


But before you go too crazy showing your gratitude for your best friend, remember that many foods that we eat as humans can be toxic to our animal friends. 

See below for ways to give your pet their own holiday...

October 19, 2018

We've seen the bumblebee (Penny's rocked it), hot dog, superman, batman costumes. They're all great & absolutely adorable. 

But I wanted to see the most unique ones!

So I scoured the internet for the BEST pet costume ideas for Halloween (or should I say Howloweeen) 2018. 

Starting with our Virginia Beach dogs

Mermaid sighting in Virginia Beach!  

Crab... For us Virginia Beach locals

Shark aaahhhttack!

A Peackock for ou...

October 4, 2018

I'll be the first to admit it. 

I'm obsessed with my dogs. My heart feels full just because they exist in my life.

Do you ever just look over at your dogs and think, how did I get so lucky to have them in my life?

I do. All.the.time. 

How can you not? Dogs are basically life's way of making up for every crappy day ever. I mean, they love you unconditionally, more than themselves, in a way that no one else can. 

I don't know where I...

September 23, 2018


The FDA has issued an alert for the Isoxazoline class of flea and tick products (such as Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard and Simparica).
 

Please talk to your veterinarian about whether your pets' medication is the appropriate one for them.


Thank you to team member Kayla for bringing this to my attention! 

Read More

FDA Fact Sheet
 

 

September 20, 2018

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: The content provided in this post is intended to be for informational use purposes only and does not constitute the providing of medical advice, judgment, diagnosis, or treatment. Please seek out and only take medical advice from your veterinarian.

We’ve all seen it. We’ve cried to it.

Marley & Me, the book and film featuring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and the wild dog named Marley who gets himself into h...

September 12, 2018

I've been receiving calls & messages from concerned pet parents and those in Zone A who need to evacuate but are not sure what to do with their pets so I thought I would answer some questions here. 

As of the time of this writing 9/12/18 at 2pm, it looks as though Virginia Beach is out of the direct path of Hurricane Florence, which is wonderful news for us ... Not so much for our neighbors in the south, unfortunately....

Please reload

Have questions? We've got answers. 

Follow

  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon

Service Areas in Virginia Beach

23451         23455         23462

 23452         23454         23453
Parts of 23464         Parts of 23456