The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first two pets in the United States to test positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19). The two pet cats live in two separate areas of New York state. Covid-19 infections have been reported in very few animals worldwide, mostly in those that had close contact with an infected person.
Public health officials are still learning about this virus, but there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare.
Until health officials know more, CDC recommends the following:
- Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
- Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
- Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.
- Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
- Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
- If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
We care about your security and we hope you find this information helpful. Remember to stay at home as much as possible and to follow all guidelines given during this pandemic!
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