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CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) & ANIMALS

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, infect only animals and do not infect humans.  

A small number of pets have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. Currently, the risk of pets spreading it to people is low.   

(Reference:  Center For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

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PETS & ANIMALS
According to the CDC:

  • There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. 
  • There is no evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19.
  • CDC does not have any evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States.

 If you are not ill with COVID-19:

  • Interact with your pet as you normally would. 
  • Continue to practice good hygiene (e.g., wash hands before/after interacting with your pet)
  • Ensure your pet is kept well-groomed; regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding material, and toys). 
CAN MY PETS BECOME INFECTED WITH COVID-19?
  • A small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been reportedexternal icon to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.
  • Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.
  • It appears that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations.
  • Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people outside the household.
  • If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.
  • This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.