We now know that to protect ourselves and others from contracting COVID-19, we should maintain a distance of at least 6-feet from each other, wash our hands religiously, and wear some kind of face mask when we have to go out in public.
But, what about our pets? Are they in danger of getting COVID -19, and if so, how do we protect them?
The answer to “Can pets contract COVID-19?” is, we simply don’t really know.
According to the CDC, there are a very few cases — all outside of the U.S. — where pets have contracted the virus from people.
There were some big cats at a zoo in New York, that MAY have developed the virus from an infected worker, but research is still ongoing regarding that situation.
It is also known that the coronavirus is “zoonotic.” This is a fancy word that means it’s an infectious disease that has jumped from an animal to a human.
It is best to protect your pets — Just In Case — until we know more about how the virus works.
– Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
– Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
– Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals.
– Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.The Center For Disease Control And Prevention
If you or a family member HAPPENS to become sick with the virus, you want to protect your pets, just like you would protect other humans.
– When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
– Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
– If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.The Center For Disease Control And Prevention
If your pet gets sick, and you are also sick with the virus, you want to have SOMEBODY ELSE take your pet to the veterinarian. It’s best to protect everyone as best we can.