Cats, Dogs and COVID-19
Pet Owners Do''s and Don''ts for Corona Virus | COVID-19
COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation and information is updated as it becomes available. Our medical and scientific communities are constantly learning about COVID-19 how it spreads and who it can spread too. At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations. We know your pets are part of your family; please take pre-cautions.

  • The risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.
  • CDC is aware of a small number of pets, including cats and dogs to be infected with the virus; mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.
  • Treat pets as you would other human family members -- do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets
  • 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 when a large number of people and dogs gather.

There is a small number of animals around the world reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after having contact with a person with COVID-19. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet gets sick or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.

Protect pets if you are sick

If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), you should restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would with people. Until we know more about this virus, people sick with COVID-19 should avoid contact with pets and other animals.
  • 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.
If you are sick with COVID-19 and your pet becomes sick, do not take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself. Call your veterinarian and let them know you have been sick with COVID-19. Some veterinarians may offer telemedicine consultations or other plans for seeing sick pets. Your veterinarian can evaluate your pet and determine the next steps for your pet’s treatment and care.

About author MacKoul Pediatrics

MacKoul Pediatrics is an amazing local pediatrics office in Cape Coral, FL where caring, compassionate doctors and nurses work with you to keep your children as healthy as possible. MacKoul cares for children from birth to college age, from Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, and beyond.

April 27, 2020