At this point in time, you’ll see and hear a lot about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to keep you and your family safe. But what about the other members, four-legged members of the family — what about your pet? Below, the US Food and Drug Administration has a few questions and answers to help keep you, your family, and your pets safe during a pandemic.

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Helpful Questions and Answers about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Your Pets

Can I recognize Coronavirus (COVID-19) from my pets or other animals?

Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of livestock spreading COVID-19 in humans is considered very low. At this time, no one has confirmed that there is evidence that animals play an important role in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. A handful of animals around the world have been reported by health authorities to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mainly after close contact with a person with COVID-19.

At this time, treat pets like you do with family members to protect them from possible Covid -19 infection. This means:

  • Do not let pets come into contact with other people or animals outside of the home.
  • Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from coming into contact with animals or other people.
  • Keep a leashed dog at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from people and other animals.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where people and dogs are crowded.

If your pet is sick or you have any concerns about your pet’s health, talk to your vet.

If I get sick with Coronavirus (COVID-19), can I spread the virus to my animals?

We’re still working on this virus, but it looks like it can be spread from person to animal under certain circumstances. If you are sick or think you are sick with COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you limit your contact with animals until more information is available about the new coronavirus.

This means that you should avoid contact with your pets, including petting, cuddling, letting them kiss or lick, and sharing food or sharing a bed. If possible, get another family member to take care of your pet while you are sick. If you have to take care of your pet or be around animals when you are sick, wash your hands before and after you have contact with your pet, and wear a mask over your face.

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Should I get my pet to vet for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Routine testing of COVID-19 for pets is not recommended at this time. We’re still working on this virus, but it looks like it can be spread from person to animal under certain circumstances. Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of livestock spreading the virus is considered very low. If your pet is sick and you don’t know how to handle it, consult your veterinarian.

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Can animals carry the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on their skin or hair?

Although we know that certain bacteria and fungi can be carried on a patient’s hair and hair, there is no evidence that the virus, including the one that causes COVID-19, can be transmitted to person from skin, fur or pet hair.

However, since animals can sometimes carry other germs that can make sick people sick, you should always practice healthy habits around pets and other animals, including washing your hands first and after coming into contact with them.

Are pets safe to adopt from a captive place?

Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of an animal spreading COVID-19 to humans is considered low. There is no reason to think that any animals, including pets in captivity, play an important role in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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What animals can be contaminated with Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

We currently do not fully understand how COVID-19 affects different animals. We know that a small number of pets, including dogs and cats, are reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 after close contact with a person with COVID-19.

Recent research shows that ferrets, cats and golden Syrian hamsters can be infected with the virus in the experiment and possibly infect other animals of the same species in the laboratory. Pigs, chickens and ducks are not infected or spread disease based on the results from these studies. Data from one study shows dogs are not as likely to be infected with viruses as cats and weasels. These findings are based on a small number of animals and do not indicate whether the animals can infect humans.

The first animal that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2 was a tiger in a zoo in New York on April 4, 2020.

On April 22, 2020, the Health Authority announced confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats. These are the first animals in the United States to have a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2 by veterinarians. These cats live in two separate areas of New York State. Both have mild respiratory disease and are expected to fully recover.



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