Can my Dog or Cat Catch and Give Me COVID-19?
These are certainly uncertain times. As more federal and local guidelines impact schools and businesses, more pet owners are staying home.
Pet owners are asking - "Can my dog or cat catch and transmit Coronavirus?" We’ve pulled data from the World Health Organization and CDC to help shed light on this question.
Can My Dog or Cat Catch and Transmit Coronavirus?
As of the time this story was written, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that your pet is unlikely to be able to transmit COVID-19 to you:
WHO states, "While there has been one instance of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly."
Pets to People: Little Risk
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), plays a significant role in regulating animals and animal products that pose a threat to human health. Similar to the WHO, the CDC states that transmission of a coronavirus from animals to humans can happen, but is rare.
“Some coronaviruses that infect animals have become able to infect humans and then spread between people, but this is rare,” CDC highlights. “The first infections (of COVID-19) were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person to person.
...At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection in the United States.”
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in certain types of animals.
- There is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.
- There is no evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products imported pose a risk for spreading the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States.
Staying Healthy Around Pets
Many communities across the United States have issued mandatory Shelter-In-Place rules that will impact how much time we spend with our families and pets. Although there is no evidence of coronavirus transmission between humans and pets, animals do carry germs that can make people sick. Remember to practice healthy habits when around pets and other animals.
- Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies.
- Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after pets properly.
- Take pets to the veterinarian regularly and talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health.
Protecting Your Pets When You're Sick
According to the CDC, guidance should be followed if you are sick with COVID-19. To help ensure both you and your pets stay healthy, restrict contact with your pets, just like you would with other people.
CDC states, “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.
- 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 them.
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