Covid-19 and Animals
The Covid-19 / Coronavirus is at the top of everyone’s mind right now, so we felt it was important to acknowledge the impact and share information from world experts on the implications for pets and pet parents.
Should I be Concerned about Pet’s and Covid-19?
According to the CDC:
“While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person in China. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.”
Can I Catch Covid-19 from My Pet?
According to WHO:
“No. There is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.”
Should I Avoid Pets if I’m Infected with Covid-19?
According to the CDC:
“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.”
Can dogs get the new coronavirus (COVID-19)?
According to Illinois University College of Veterinary Medicine:
“At this time, experts believe it is very unlikely. The World Health Organization currently advises that there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. The OIE states there is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this disease or that they become sick. The CDC also seconds that opinion, stating that, “At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19.”
Is it a good idea to stock up on pet products in case there are further production impacts?
According to Petco:
“At this time, COVID-19 has not been declared a pandemic, and while we don’t currently expect any major production delays, pet parents should always include pets in their family’s emergency preparedness planning and ensure enough food and product to care for pets needs if needed as a general precaution for disaster preparedness.”