Don’t Let Others Touch Your Pets
Coronavirus and its relationship to our pets is still being studied; however, it appears that we need to be vigilant about protecting our animals from transmission from us who are positive carriers. Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection. Here are some tips for dealing with COVID-19 Coronavirus and our pets.
Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household. When taking your dog for a walk, avoid allowing people to interact with your pet, especially touching or petting them.
Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people. If your cat goes outdoors and comes in contact with someone with coronavirus, they could bring the infection to you.
Always walk your dog on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals. When passing someone on a sidewalk, go off to the side at least six feet away and allow them to pass. Wear your mask when walking your dog to keep others safe in case of a close encounter.
Avoid dog parks or public places where many people and dogs gather. Take your dog out on a trail or if you’re in an urban area, go early or when there are very few people outdoors.
If you are infected with Covid-19 Coronavirus
We now know that if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, public health officials, like the Center for Disease Control (CDC), recommend that you restrict contact with your pets as a precaution until more information is known about this virus. If possible, have another member of the family take care of the pets. If you must care for your pet yourself, follow the recommendations published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Wash your hand thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after interaction with your pets
- Do not sneeze, blow your nose, or touch your face while in the presence of your pets
- Avoid close contact with your pet (snuggling, kissing, or sleeping with your pet) while you are infected with Covid-19
- Wear a mask to help decrease spread because droplets comes out of your mouth when talking to your pet
- When coughing or sneezing, be sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect the area and frequently touched surfaces.
What does the CDC say about Covid-19 and pets?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now telling pet owners that their four-legged furry friends should follow the same physical distancing guidelines as humans. From the CDC Website:
The CDC and the World Organization for Animal Health have issued advisories saying there is no evidence at this time that companion animals can spread the COVID-19 virus to people.