new cdc guidance for pets and COVID-19

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Pet Owners

Back in early March, we reported on the guidance the CDC and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) were providing for veterinarians and pet owners. Since then, medical professionals and scientists have been furiously studying the novel coronavirus and the effects it has on mammals across the globe. You may have heard about the tigers in New York who tested positive for COVID-19, or the pug in North Carolina who contracted the disease from his COVID-positive family. In light of these and other developments, the CDC recently released new guidance for people with pets.

Pug in face mask during pandemic
Yes, a pug tested positive for coronavirus. But you DON’T need to wrestle them into a face mask!

Pet Owners Don’t Need to Panic about covid-19

Even though some animals have tested positive for the coronavirus, there’s no need to panic. All of the affected animals seem have mild symptoms, and all are recovering well. And there is no evidence that animals can spread the virus to humans. Taking some common sense precautions will likely ensure that your animal stays healthy and happy throughout the pandemic.

Treat your pet like a human

We know many of you out there spoil your pets (and we’re right there with you!). Whether they sleep in your bed, eat from the table, or have jackets and accessories that cost more than yours, pets are often treated like human royalty. Now, medical experts are advising that you keep treating your pets just like your human family members when it comes to the coronavirus. When your family is quarantining, you should keep your pets away from non-family members as well. Specifically, the CDC recommends:

  • Don’t let your pets interact with people or animals outside the household
  • Keep cats indoors if possible
  • Walk dogs on a leash, and maintain 6 feet distances when possible
  • Avoid dog parks and other public places where people and dogs gather in large groups

You can read more about the CDC’s guidance here.

If you get sick with COVID-19, protect your pet

If you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet if possible. Ideally, someone else will care for your pet while you are sick. If you cannot avoid contact, wear a cloth mask and wash your hands frequently, including before and after you interact with your pet. If you need to seek veterinary care while you are sick, do not take your animal into the veterinarian’s office yourself. Call the vet’s office and let them know you are sick; they may be able to schedule a telemedicine visit to avoid contact or make other arrangements.

At ABSC, we’re committed to helping you keep your pet healthy and happy. During trying times when many of us are stuck at home, our pets are sources of humor, companionship, and joy, and for many who live alone, they are a lifeline. If you want to give your pet the very best, remember that all of our organic products are extracted from our proprietary hemp strain and exhaustively tested for purity and consistency. Got questions about how ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ can help your pet? Reach out to our customer care team at care@petpainfree.com!

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