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It seems like every day health experts issue another safety recommendation to help us prepare and deal with the coronavirus.
As we continue to plan for the uncertainties of COVID-19, here are some tips for making our pets part of our preparedness plan, too.
Thankfully, amid all the worrisome news there’s a glimmer of good tidings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that companion animals in the United States, including dogs and other pets, cannot contract or spread COVID-19. Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) says there’s no evidence the virus has infected any dogs or cats.
However, because animals and people can sometimes share diseases (called zoonotic diseases), the CDC recommends people who are sick or under medical attention for COVID-19 to limit contact with companion and other animals until more is known about the virus.
Petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked and sharing food is not recommended.
Instead, have a friend or family member take care of your pet until your health provider says you have cleared the virus. If you are ill with COVID-19 and must take care of your own pet, practice good hygiene and wear a face mask, if possible.
Again, there’s no evidence that your pet can spread COVID-19, but to make sure, you want to err abundantly on the side of caution.
I’m healthy and need to bring my pet or service animal to the vet. What should I do?
I have COVID-19 but still need to bring my animal to the vet. What should I do?
What else should I do to help my pet?
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