Pets And Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

pets and coronavirus

Many diseases can infect both humans and animals, so pet parents have been wondering about COVID-19’s potential to affect animals since the pandemic started. Worries increased when a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for the virus. While we don’t know everything about the novel coronavirus yet, there is some important information to learn about its impact on pets. Staying up-to-date with the facts is essential to keeping you, and your furbabies, healthy and safe. Here is what you should know about your pets and coronavirus.

pets and coronavirus

Pets and Coronavirus: What You Should Know

Can Humans Catch Coronavirus From Our Pets?

Some viruses can spread from animals to humans. The CDC states that right now, “there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 to people.” But because the origin of the novel coronavirus has yet to be determined, experts can’t say for certain whether humans can catch COVID-19 from a pet or not. More research is needed before we can know for sure.

Can We Spread Coronavirus To Our Pets?

According to the CDC, there have been some cases of household cats and dogs catching the virus through interaction with a sick person, but the cases are outside of the United States. However, the tiger at the Bronx Zoo reportedly caught the virus from an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. Given this information, it does appear that our pets may be able to catch coronavirus from humans. The good news is that this is reportedly an unlikely scenario, as the World Health Organization states, “human to human transmission remains the main driver.”

How To Keep Your Pets Safe

When it comes to your pets and coronavirus, you need to take precautions similar to the ones you’re taking to protect yourself. Your pets will need to practice social distancing along with you — don’t let them interact with other people or pets at this time. When you’re walking your pup, be sure to maintain a distance of 6 feet from other people and pets.

More Pet Safety Tips

To be on the safe side, hygiene needs to be a top-of-mind priority for both you and your pets. Wash your hands after handling your pets, and clean up after them, too. If you have any other questions about your pets and the coronavirus, we recommend contacting your veterinarian. The CDC website is a good resource to check if you want to keep up with the latest information.

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