An outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in humans has drawn attention to the possibility of companion animal involvement.
Here’s what you need to know:
Can COVID-19 infect companion animals?
– There is limited evidence that companion animals can be infected with COVID-19. One dog in Hong Kong has tested positive, though it demonstrates no clinical signs.
– There is no current evidence that companion animals can be a source of infection for humans.
Should I avoid contact with companion animals?
– If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, it is recommended that you restrict contact with all other animals as a precaution.
– If you must care for animals while sick with COVID-19, wash your hands before and after each interaction.
How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
– Avoid touching your face.
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick if possible.
– Stay home if you are sick, other than to seek medical care.
CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#2019-nCoV-and-animals
WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) – https://wsava.org/news/highlighted-news/the-new-coronavirus-and-companion-animals-advice-for-wsava-members/