Can My Pet Get Infected From COVID-19?
While (COVID-19) mostly spreads from person to person, it can also spread from people to animals and pets. COVID-19 is a type of virus. These viruses are a family of viruses. Some cause cold-like illnesses in people and others cause illness in animals, such as bats. In addition, some coronaviruses infect only pets. While the specific source of origin isn’t known, the virus that causes COVID-19 is believed to have started in an animal, spread to humans, and then spread between people.
Can Dogs And Cats Have COVID-19 Virus?
According to the research, a few pets including cats and dogs can also have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. This happened mostly after the animals were in close contact with people infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Based on the available information, the risk of animals spreading the COVID-19 virus to people is considered low. Animals don’t appear to play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. There is no evidence that viruses can spread to people or other animals from a pet’s skin, fur, or hair.
The young children, people with weakened immune systems, and older people especially the people age 65 and older are more likely to get sick from some other germs that animals can carry.
To protect your pet from the COVID-19 virus, don’t let your dog or cat interact with people or animals outside your household. For example:
- Avoid dog parks or public places where many people and dogs gather.
- When walking your dog, make sure your dog wears a leash and keep your dog at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals.
- Keep cats indoors when possible.
If You As A Pet Owner Become COVID-19 Infected?
If you become sick with COVID-19 and have a pet:
- Isolate yourself from everyone else, including your pet. If possible, have another person in your household care for your pet.
- Avoid petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding with your pet.
- If you care for your pet or are around animals while you’re sick, wear a cloth face covering. Wash your hands before and after handling animals and their food, waste, and supplies. Also, make sure you clean up after your pet.