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COVID-19 and Animals-Information From The CDC

Updated 3/15/2020

I am worried about my pet and COVID-19. Where can I find reliable sources of information?

Check out the CDC website. We have copied the following information below. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#animals

Should I be concerned with pets and other animals and COVID-19?

While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person in China. 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. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.

Should I avoid contact with pets and other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?

You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.

Hearing reports about a cat in Belgium testing positive for COVID-19?

Check out this article by a veterinary infectious disease expert: https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/2020/03/articles/animals/cats/covid-19-in-a-cat-belgium/

Adobe continues to follow the advice of the CDC that pets should have as little contact as possible with people who have respiratory symptoms or are known to have COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that any additional precautions should be taken.