What do I need to know about the coronavirus and pets?
Are you watching the spread of the novel coronavirus and the associated illness it causes—COVID-19—with fear and anxiety? As the virus continues to spread globally, many pet owners may be concerned about their animal’s health. Because this version of the coronavirus is new, researchers and medical professionals are racing against the clock to understand how the virus spreads, who is susceptible, and how it might be prevented or cured. We’re not experts in this new threat, but we do have some reliable information from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that we can share.
Can my pet get COVID-19?
As you may have read, a dog in Hong Kong tested “weak positive” for coronavirus in late February. Researchers are still working to understand what that means, and the dog remains in quarantine. At this time, however, there is no current evidence that pets can contract or spread COVID-19. See AVMA’s recent statement on the matter:
We are actively monitoring developments related to animals and the virus. On Thursday, February 27, a dog in Hong Kong tested “weak positive” for coronavirus (the owner tested positive for coronavirus). The dog has since received a second positive result that has been sent to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which is working with Hong Kong health officials on this case. The precise meaning of “weak positive” remains unclear and further evaluation is ongoing. Hong Kong authorities have said the dog shows no clinical signs of illness but remains quarantined. We will keep you updated as we learn more.
At this time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. However, as with any disease, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.
On their webpage devoted to coronavirus/COVID-19 information, AVMA says, “Experts have not expressed concern about transmission to or from animals. Multiple international and domestic health organizations have indicated that pets and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19.”
What precautions should I take to keep my pets safe?
Use Common Sense Health Procedures
AVMA recommends the same common sense practices that you are seeing from the CDC and other reputable sources. Wash your hands frequently, including every time you eat, use the restroom, or return from a public place. If you become ill with respiratory symptoms, isolate yourself in your home until you are 24-hours free of fever. Seek medical help if you have trouble breathing or have other concerns that you might be infected with COVID-19. Avoid caring for your pets if possible during your illness. If you must care for animals while ill, wear an appropriate facemask and wash hands before and after handling the animals. See more from the AVMA’s statement:
“According to the CDC, people who are sick with COVID-19 should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would restrict your contact with other people. When possible, a member of the household other than the individual who is ill should care for any animals in the household. Those infected with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Those who must care for a pet, or who will be around animals while sick, should wear an appropriate facemask and wash hands thoroughly before and after interacting with those animals.”
Be Aware of Potential Drug Shortages
Supply chains have been disrupted across the globe as COVID-19 has shut down production facilities in China and beyond. AVMA reports that there are no known shortages now, but if your pet is dependent on certain medications, it may make sense to restock if possible. Keeping a two-week supply of food and medications on hand is always a good idea for emergency preparedness.
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