With all the news stories going around about COVID-19, we want to be able to provide you with some accurate and reputable information regarding its implications to your pet. Here are some important points from the American Veterinary Association (AVMA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to keep in mind:
Currently, there is no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 to people.
Only a few animals have been confirmed to have COVID-19, and of those even fewer have shown symptoms.
Wash your hands before and after handling pets, as always.
Until more is known about the transmission of the virus to animals, if you have been exposed to or are diagnosed with COVID-19, you should have someone else in your household care for your pet if possible. If not, the following guidelines should be followed:
Wash your hands before and after contact with animals, their food, bedding, toys and dishes.
Avoid petting, snuggling, hugging, and kissing your pet.
Avoid being licked by the pet.
Do not share food with your pet.
Do not share any other items such as dishes or bedding.
Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing as experts continue to learn more, so it is recommended that you regularly check reliable sources for the latest information, such as:
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)