At Broadmoor East, we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information to our clients, in order to help you take the best possible care of your beloved pets. We know that you may have concerns about the impact COVID-19 may have on your furry family members, and questions about how you can protect them.
COVID-19 is a new virus and the scientific community’s understanding of it is rapidly evolving. For the most up-to-date information on the virus, CDC.gov is the best available resource.
Below are some FAQs about COVID-19 and pets. Our answers are based on information from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the American Veterinary Medical Association, and are accurate as of March 12, 2020. Information may change as we learn more, so please check with the CDC for the latest news and information.
Q: Can my pet get COVID-19?
A: The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has NOT reported any cases of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States.
Q: Can pets spread COVID-19?
A: According the the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) to date, there is no evidence to suggest that companion animals or pets can spread the virus.
The CDC’s FAQ page for COVID-19 has this to say:
“While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source*, it is now spreading from person-to-person in China. There is no reason to think that any animals including 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, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.
*The source of the virus is thought to be an exotic animal source, (potentially a bat) and NOT from any type of domesticated species, such as dogs or cats.
Q: If a person is positive for COVID-19 and has pets, what should they do?
A: Out of an abundance of caution, if a person is sick with COVID-19, they should limit their interaction with pets and animals, just as they would with other people. Those diagnosed with COVID-19 should avoid the following interactions with their pets:
- Petting or cuddling
- Sharing Food
- Being licked by their pet and/or giving their pet kisses
Here is what the CDC has to say:
“You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick.”
Additionally, the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends making an emergency kit for your pet, containing at least 2 weeks worth of your pet’s food and any necessary medications.