Can Pets Get Coronavirus?

can pets get coronavirus

As the world tries to reopen, there are still a lot of answers and information about the coronavirus that are unknown. Public health experts, doctors, and epidemiologists are learning new things about how the virus spreads, ways to treat it, and the best ways to prevent it. What about our four-legged family members? Can pets get coronavirus from humans? Here’s what we’ve learned so far. 

Are Pets Affected by the Coronavirus?

Unfortunately, yes, pets can be affected by the coronavirus. According to the CDC, there have been a small number of verified cases of pets, both cats and dogs, that have tested positive for the coronavirus. Although there is no evidence that pets can pass the virus to their owners, it is possible for humans to pass it to their pets.

How to Protect your Pets Against COVID-19

  • Keep pets six or more feet away from any strangers. Here is why social distancing is still important today.
  • Do not let animals roam outside alone.
  • If you have symptoms of the virus, keep your pet in a separate room or in a crate.
  • If a pet has any symptoms, call your veterinarian for next steps.
  • Do not put a mask on pets.
  • Do not clean pets with chemicals.
  • Always wash your hands before and after dealing with your pet’s food, toys, and waste.
  • Have others wear a mask when around your pet.
  • Do not let your pet lick, kiss, or cuddle with anyone who may have been exposed to the virus.

Pets are sometimes as important to families as their own flesh and blood, so if you or someone in your family has symptoms of the coronavirus, be sure to self-quarantine from all pets for 14 days. This includes other animals like birds, rabbits, etc.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, Hospitality Health ER in Tyler Texas provides COVID-19 testing. Contact us here.