The world is facing a new challenge with the outbreak of COVID 19. As pet lovers one of our main concerns will be the health of our pets.
We want to stay updated on the latest COVID-19 information and have answered some of the most pertinent questions.
Now that COVID-19 virus infections are widely distributed in the human population there is a possibility for some animals to become infected through close contact with infected humans.
Several dogs and cats have tested positive to COVID-19 virus following close contact with infected humans.
No. The virus can only be transmitted through human to human contact. The virus is transmitted via droplets from coughing and sneezing.
Studies are underway to better understand the susceptibility of different animal species to the COVID-19 virus and to assess infection dynamics in susceptible animal species.
We still recommend to practice good hygiene after handling your pet and disposing waste.
If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
Currently, there is no evidence that companion animals are playing a significant epidemiological role in this human disease. However, because animals and people can sometimes share diseases (known as zoonotic diseases), it is still recommended that people who are infected with COVID-19 limit contact with companion and other 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. 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 them.