Things You Should Know About COVID-19 and Pets

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) –

WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) –