COVID-19 and Pets: Things to know to protect your fur baby.
Updated: Mar 22
It all feels so unreal... but here at Wise Wags we believe that knowledge and preparation are key to keep you and you fur baby safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. We have prepared for you a list of common questions and concerns that many pawrents have regarding the virus. We've also compiled a list of do's and don'ts to help guide you in these uncertain times.
1). Can my dog/ cat contract COVID-19?
Answer: “The CDC has not reported any cases of pets or other animals becoming infected with COVID-19 in the United States or anywhere else in the world, including hotbeds like Italy.”- Dr.Jerry Klein, Chief Veterinary Officer for the AKC
2). If I test positive for COVID-19, can my pet still live with me?
Answer: Yes, but it is safest to limit contact with your dog or cat. Assign a friend or other household member to care for your pet including feeding, walking, and medicating. Avoid sneezing, coughing, or touching on your pet.
3). Can my pet transfer COVID-19 OR can I contract COVID-19 from a dog/cat that has been exposed?
Answer: Possibly! Your pet can act as a fomite or vehicle for COVID-19. Experts recommend “restrict contact with [your] animals — both to avoid exposing the pets and to prevent getting the virus on their skin or fur, which might be passed on to another person who touches the animal.”
Do's and Don'ts of COVID-19 & Pets
Avoid contact with your pet if you have been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19.
Practice safe hygiene with pets that you are unfamiliar with by washing hands after petting (consider no contact or wearing gloves).
Inform healthcare workers or CDC of all pets in household if you are diagnosed with COVID-19.
Do: Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet and COVID-19.
Allow pets that you are unfamiliar with to lick you in the face, or touch them without wearing gloves or without washing hands thoroughly afterwards.
Abandon your pet because you are fearful of COVID-19.
Apply face masks to your dog to protect them from COVID-19. It's not necessary and is wasting useful materials that are needed for healthcare professionals.
*Information obtained and gathered from CDC.gov