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Problem Solvers Coronavirus Hotline: Pets and COVID-19

Posted at 5:56 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 18:56:53-04

With businesses reopening, some people are concerned about a spike in COVID-19 cases. We know what to do with other people if we’re infected, but what about animals?

The CDC’s website said, “Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations.”

The CDC said officials are aware of a small number of pets, including dogs and cats, to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. Only a few of the pets reported to be positive showed signs of illness. If you are sick with COVID-19, you should restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would with people.

Have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.

Avoid physical 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.

If you are sick with COVID-19 and your pet becomes sick, do not take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself. Call your veterinarian and let them know you have been sick with COVID-19. Some veterinarians may offer telemedicine consultations or other plans for seeing sick pets. Your veterinarian can evaluate your pet and determine the next steps for your pet’s treatment and care.

If there is a coronavirus question you would like our problem solvers to look into, call our coronavirus hotline at 918-748-1502 and leave a message.

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