Can Your Pet Catch Coronavirus?



Here's what the experts say about pets and COVID-19

In times like these, we find it best to remain calm. A great way to do so is to quell any incorrect or irrational misconceptions about the proper prevention and methods of containment regarding our furry loved ones. So, first things first. Can your pet catch COVID-19? The short answer so far is, NO. According to the CDC,"... there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19".


Now it is important to note! There are "Coronaviruses" that pets are susceptible to. There are seven different coronaviruses known to infect humans and several others that can infect animals. However, these have different symptoms ranging from mild diarrhea in cats, and sometimes kennel cough in dogs. Remember these are coronaviruses, just not specifically COVID-19.


Now in the event you or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, the CDC recommends following the same guidelines for pets that you would for other household members. This means limiting contact with your pet, take a break from cuddling, petting, and kissing, etc (try to avoid their licking as well). If possible, have someone else in the household who isn't ill care for your pet. If you have no other household members to care for your pet, you should wash your hands before and after interactions and wear a face mask during the interactions until cleared by a medical professional to return to normal activities. PHEW! This is intense but rest-assured this will help a bunch!


Since its unclear, if the virus can infect pets, the best advice is for infected to not be in contact with pets during their quarantine period. For more information please refer to the CDC and local agencies in your state for updates: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/animals.html


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