There is more talk leading to more concern that your pet could catch the coronavirus from you, another animal, or you could catch the virus from your pet.

According to the “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” (CDC) there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes Covid-19.  According to information posted on the CDC website, the risk of animals spreading Covid-19 to people, or contracting it from you is low.

The CDC states they are aware of a small number of dogs and cats that were infected after close contract with people with Covid-19.  Only a few animals reported to be positive showed signs of illness.

The CDC states that there is still a lot to learn about the coronavirus and offers up these tips for keeping your pets safe until they learn more…

  • Don’t let pets interact with people or other animals outside their own household.
  • Walk dogs on a leash and maintain 6 feet from other dogs and people.
  • Avoid dog parks and public places with large gathering of other dogs and people.

If you are sick with Covid-19 or showing symptoms, the CDC website suggests that you limit contact with your pets and they offer up these suggestions…

  • Have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with Fido and Fluffy including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
  • If you must care for Spot wear a mask and wash your hands before and after contact.

Again, the CDC believes this is not a significant problem but if you are sick and your pet is showing signs of illness, do not take your pet to the vet yourself.  Make other arrangements to help protect others.

Get detailed information on animals and the coronavirus on the CDC website.