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 the coronavirus?"
Can My Dog Or Cat Catch The Coronavirus?
Rest assured, according to CDC:
There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. - CDC.gov
Can Pets Spread the Coronavirus to humans?
The CDC has this to say:
"At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19." - CDC.gov
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
I hope this has given you at least some peace of mind so you have one less thing to worry about right now.
We wish you and your family good health. We will all get through this difficult time together.