As the new coronavirus (the virus that causes COVID-19), continues its advance across the globe, we know many of you are concerned about the health and safety of your family—including your pets. As pet lovers, we understand and share your concerns. We wanted to answer some of the questions we are hearing from the Rover community and pet parents about dogs and the coronavirus.
A veterinarian on Rover’s Dog People Panel and author of The Ultimate Pet Health Guide, and in accordance with the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), we’ve put together this resource for pet parents to address some of the questions you may have, from disease transmission details to how to keep your pet occupied while you try to get some work done, and to simply provide reassurance and the facts about dogs and COVID-19.
We will continue to monitor the progress of the disease and update this article with new information as it becomes available.
Can Pets Get the Coronavirus?
There is no reason to think that pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people. Hence it is always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.
Should I be concerned for my dog or cat for getting infected from the coronavirus?
There is no evidence at this time that dogs or cats can become ill due to the novel coronavirus. There have been cases of dogs testing weak positive when they have been living with an infected person. But it is not suspected these animals can pass the virus to humans.