We’ve been receiving many questions from humans who live with cats and dogs about how COVID affects their fluffy family members, what the potential risks are to their health and mental wellbeing, and what they can do to support their loved ones. So, we have compiled a list of FAQs below for you, to reassure you and your humans:
Can pets contract and spread COVID-19?
While COVID-19 mostly spreads from person to person, it can also spread from people to animals. According to CDC, a small number of pet cats and dogs have been reported to be infected with the virus in several countries, including the United States, and most of them became sick after contact with people with COVID-19. However, there is no evidence that pets play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19, and therefore the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.
How can you protect your pet from the virus?
CDC recommends that you should treat your fluffy family members as you would other human family members and do not let them interact with people outside the household. Also, if a person inside the household becomes sick, please isolate that person from everyone else, including your kitty and dogs. Keep your kitty indoors when possible, and walk your dog on a leash at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from others.
What COVID-19 related things could put my pet at risk?
Please do not put a mask on your dog (cats are unlikely to allow you to do that anyway), because masks could seriously harm your dog. Please also do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other products not approved for animal use.
What if humans in your family get infected with COVID-19?
In case you or your human family members get the virus, Mayo Clinic recommends taking the following precautions to protect your pet:
Thank you for caring about your pets during these challenging times! We love you!