Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19

1. Can my dog or cat contract/spread the COVID-19 virus?

The COVID-19 pandemic is an actively developing situation, with new scientific research and reports being published every day. To date, only two cats and one dog within The United States have tested positive for COVID 19. There have been no cases of livestock testing positive within The United States. Also, to date, there has been no evidence reported that pets or livestock can spread COVID-19 to people.<>.

2. What should I do with my pet if I contract COVID-19?

Out of an abundance of caution, and until more is known about the virus, those ill with COVID-19 should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would with other people. If possible, have another member of your household care for your pet. Otherwise, wear a facemask and do not share food, kiss, or hug your pet if you are not feeling well. Wash your hands before and after any contact with your pet. 

3. Should I have my pet tested for COVID-19?

Companion animals should not be routinely tested for COVID-19 at this time. Animals that are ill or injured should be taken to a veterinarian to receive care. 

Click here for guidelines for questions about COVID-19 testing in cats.

4. What are some important things I should know regarding COVID-19 and my pets?

Animal owners who are currently healthy and without symptoms should continue to practice good hygiene while interacting with animals. This includes washing hands before and after such interactions, as well as before and after the handling of food, waste, or supplies. It is important to remember that there is currently little to no evidence that domestic animals exposed to SARS-CoV-2 become sick with COVID-19 and spread the virus to other domestic animals, or people.

There is also no reason to remove pets from homes even if COVID-19 has been identified in members of the household, with the exception that the pet will not be able to be properly cared for. 

For further information regarding COVID-19, we recommend visiting the following sites: 

American Veterinary Medical Association - Animal Health and Welfare
Center of Disease Control and Prevention - Healthy Pets, Healthy People

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