Pets and the Coronavirus - What you need to know
Can My Pet Contract the Coronavirus? NO! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the disease is spread to humans through person-to-person contact. There have been no reports of pets or livestock becoming ill or spreading the coronavirus in the U.S. Likewise, the World Health Organization has stated that there is no evidence that dogs or cats have become ill with this particular virus.
There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with COVID-19. 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.
Wash Your Hands Although there is no current evidence that suggests the coronavirus can be transmitted to or from companion animals, you should always follow basic hygiene practices around animals. This includes washing your hands thoroughly throughout the day and before and after direct contact with your pets, their food or their supplies.
Stock Up on Pet Supplies Prepare a kit with essential supplies to have on hand in the event of an emergency. Your emergency kit should include a 30-day supply of your pets’ medications, as well as at least two weeks’ worth of food.
Designate an Emergency Caregiver Proactively identify someone who could help with their short- or long-term care in the event you are unable to care for your pet. Consider a family member, friend, neighbor or your favorite professional pet sitter or boarding facility.
Create a Pet Care File If your emergency caregiver’s assistance is needed, make it easier for them by having all of your pets’ information in one place. Consider including things like habits, food preferences, medical conditions and medications taken, veterinarian contact information, and any behavioral tendencies.
We will continue to keep you updated on any developments to services at our facilities or other public information around pet safety and COVID-19 as it develops.
This information was originally published by the ASPCA - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® at www.aspca.org. All medical information was cited from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.org.