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Coronavirus and Your Pets

While COVID-19 is contagious for humans and, as of now, is understood to spread primarily from person to person, the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) Global Veterinary Community – an association representing more than 200,000 veterinarians – states that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected. The full advisory document from WSAVA can be found below.

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Be Prepared
As with any emergency, it is critical to have a plan for every member of your family, including your pet.
• Make arrangements for someone you trust to care for you pets in case you become ill.
• Have your pet’s medication and prescription from your veterinarian handy.
• Be sure your pet has all of his or her updated vaccinations in case you need a boarding facility.
• Check your pet’s ID tag and microchip to make sure it has the latest contact information.
If You Have to Self-Quarantine
• Practice good hygiene and avoid touching eyes, ears and mouth
• Wash hands before/after handling animals, their food and supplies
• Seek veterinarian’s advice if there are any changes in your pet’s health conditions
• Service animals should be permitted to stay with their handler, but limit contact.

FAQ 

Please visit for the latest information  http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#2019-nCoV-and-animals

Can COVID-19 infect pets?

Currently, there is limited evidence that companion animals can be infected with SARS-Cov-2 and no evidence that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection to other animals or to humans. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?

The CDC recommends the following: “You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, 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. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, 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 pets and wear a facemask.”

If my pet has been in contact with someone who is sick from COVID-19, can it spread the disease to other people? 

While we do not yet know for sure, there is limited evidence that companion animals can be infected with or spread SARS-Cov-2. We also do not know if they could get sick from this new coronavirus.  Additionally, there is currently no evidence that companion animals could be a source of infection to people. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

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