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Pets and COVID-19/Coronavirus

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pet the dog of someone who appears sick?

Since this is an evolving pandemic, you should use your discretion when encountering other’s pets. During this time, remember social distancing guidelines when interacting with other pet parents.

To maintain good hygiene, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after petting a dog, regardless of whether the pet’s owner appears sick.

Can my pet contract the coronavirus?

Worldwide there have been very few cases of animals being diagnosed with COVID-19. However, the American Veterinary Medical Association has stated that not enough is known to change the current view that neither cats nor dogs appear to be able to pass the virus to people.  This is an evolving pandemic and further studies are needed to have a definitive answer.

 

Can my pet infect humans with the coronavirus?

The World Organization for Animal Health has announced that there is no evidence that cats or dogs spread the disease to humans, but that anyone who is sick should take precautions in contact with their animals as they would with people. This is an evolving pandemic and further studies are needed to have a definitive answer.

My friend contracted coronavirus and asked me to watch their pet for them — what do I do?

Animal welfare organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States and the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, recommend that a person who becomes ill with COVID-19 have a friend and/or family member care for their pet. Although The World Organization for Animal Health has announced that there is no evidence that cats or dogs spread the disease to humans, you should use your discretion when making this decision.

 

What if I need to be hospitalized because I’m sick with the coronavirus, but I don’t have anyone to watch my pet?

If you are faced with this situation, your local animal control center may be a good resource. It may be possible for an animal control officer to come to you to pick up your pet and transport your pet to an animal shelter. Make sure that your pet is up to date with their vaccinations and has proper identification (microchip, collar with ID tag). Your local animal control can give you further guidance on how to prepare for your pet to go to an animal shelter while you are hospitalized.

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