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.