COVID-19 and Your Pets

Your Pets and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Currently, there is no evidence that pets can become sick with COVID-19. Infectious disease experts, as well as the CDC, OIE, and World Health Organization (WHO) indicate there is no evidence to suggest that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection with SARS-CoV-2, including spreading COVID-19 to people. More investigation is underway and as we learn more, we will update you. However, out of an abundance of caution and because animals can spread other diseases to people and people can also spread diseases to animals, it’s a good idea to always wash your hands before and after interacting with animals.

For additional information about COVID-19 and your pets please refer to the Veterinary Medical Association’s guide: COVID-19 FAQs FOR PET OWNERS

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. 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. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.

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.

We will continue to keep you informed as news and information becomes available.